Groups of year 10 and year 12 students from Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, The Halley Academy, The Leigh Academy, Longfield Academy and Mascalls Academy attended Apprentice 18 on Wednesday 27th June.

Hosted by Ravensbourne University and organised by The Stationers’ Livery Company, the event boasted an extremely high calibre of business including the BBC, Capgemini and Google. In all, an impressive thirty businesses from the print, digital and related creative media industries exhibited to engage with students to explain the valuable offerings in regards to apprenticeships within their sector.


During an opening address, delegates were welcomed by Vice Chancellor of the University and members of The Stationers’ Livery Company and heard a brief panel interview of current apprentices; students were then able to meet these apprentices at their respective industry stands. The apprentice panel explained why they had chosen to follow the apprenticeship path and what the benefits are to them.

The carousel element of the event was held over two floors of the ultra modern University building.

Modelled on a “speed networking” format, students split into small groups and spent a period of a few minutes at each stand listening carefully to detail of each business and asking relevant questions.

When asked for their opinions on the event, Longfield students commented:

“There is a lot of useful information”

“A good insight into apprenticeships”

“A real eye-opener to the world of apprenticeships in nice informative chunks”

“Lots of helpful information about apprenticeships; a great help with my future path”

Also attended by Leigh Academies Trust, CEO, Simon Beamish, Education Director, Sharon Waterman and Executive Director, David Millar, this is the first occasion that more than one Trust academy has worked alongside The Stationers’ Livery Company and we look forward to many further opportunities. Setting a date for Apprentice 19 will be the subject of a forthcoming Stationers’ academic meeting.

Thank you to The Stationers’ Livery Company, Ravensbourne University and all exhibiting businesses for providing such a valuable experience for Leigh Academies Trust students.

Held over two floors, the event was busy throughout.

The Halley Academy students particularly enjoyed an inspiring talk from Rajesh Agrawal, London’s Deputy Mayor for Business.

Students found the imaginative ways that businesses chose to engage with them intriguing.

Exhibitors were most welcoming to students

The “speed networking” format proved effective.

Businesses provided plenty of literature for students to take away with them.