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Futures Afternoon

On Thursday 15th November South Bromsgrove High school held its annual Futures Afternoon. Whilst local middle school children were entertained by a performance of the school’s Eisteddfod competition South Bromsgrove students from years 9 to 12 were engaged in a variety of careers focussed activities.

Former students and members of the local business community joined in to lead workshops about their careers areas and talk about the world of work. Over 20 visitors came in representing big national companies such as Jaguar Landrover, Mondelez and Serco, local enterprises like Redfrost Photography, Barton Firtop, Midlan Technical Translations and Crackon Productions, or public services including the NHS and the Immigration service. The Armed Services were represented by a former student now training at RAF Cosford as an aeronautical engineer. Other former students from health and law were also in attendance including a GP, pharmacist, mental health nurse, barrister and legal apprentice. And the list also included engineers, sports graduates and a local vet.

Specialist talks for the Sixth Form included “How to find the right apprenticeship?” and “Why go to university”. The latter delivered by a representative from the University of Surrey.

Our own trainee teachers, some of whom have held other careers before joining us, were also represented and were one of the more popular workshops.

Year 11 students spent the afternoon researching possible pathways post-16 and were given a presentation about the range of possibilities in Mondelez whether starting as a 16 year old apprentice or after A levels. Unfortunately there were too many students attending to offer free samples to them all.

Year 10 students spent the time researching job shadowing placements and were lucky enough to have a presentation from Jaguar Land Rover about the range of opportunities a multinational company can offer, from not just the engineers but the creative designers and management too.

Year 9 students enjoyed a round-robin of visits from a variety of people. There are now quite a few students who want to join the Immigration Service whilst others will be choosing speech therapy.

Steve Clark, Careers Lead at South, said, “We’re really grateful for everyone who has given time to come in today and help guide our students. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn directly from people doing the job and gain insight into potential careers. It’s been a very busy but very fruitful afternoon.”