GALLERY: What do you want to be when you grow up? Careers convention held in March

Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Picture: Steve Williams. Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Picture: Steve Williams.

Friday, March 28, 2014
11:50 AM

The workplace of tomorrow was brought to children of today when more than 30 employers joined forces for a careers convention.

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Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Picture: Steve Williams.Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Picture: Steve Williams.

Around 600 young people had a chance to learn about careers ranging from floristry, Navy, construction, photography, illustration, renewable energy banking, farming and dentistry in the one day event at the Neale Wade Academy in March.

Included in the day was the Cambs Times stall where young people had a chance to learn about being a journalist and have their names written in shorthand.

Year six students from local primary schools along with year 10 pupils from the Neale Wade browsed stalls and chatted with employers to help give an idea of what to do when they leave school.

Organised by the March and Chatteris cluster of school project, it is the second year the event has been held and already it has grown in size having moved form the March Community Centre where it was staged last year.

Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Teacher Amy Ellis with pupil Bryn trying on a firemans helmet. Picture: Steve Williams.Careers convention at Neale Wade Academy, Teacher Amy Ellis with pupil Bryn trying on a firemans helmet. Picture: Steve Williams.

Project coordinator Alison Chandler said: “The aim is to open the eyes of Fenland pupils of the wide range of opportunities available.

“The purpose is to encourage pupils to work hard particularly as they move in to secondary school and beyond.”

The event was funded thanks to Circle Housing Roddons, Fenland District Council, Bretts Transport and Data Shredders.

Teacher Amy Ellis, from Cavalry Primary school in March, said it was a perfect opportunity for youngsters to start thinking about their future careers.

She said: “We’ve done a lot of work before coming here to get the pupils thinking about jobs and what they would need to study so the day has been really beneficial for them.”

About 290 children from Neale Wade and 335 children from 10 primary schools took part in the event.

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