On 18 October 2016, The Leigh Academy hosted the Leigh Academies Trust’s Higher Apprenticeship Evening for our Year 13 students who are considering higher apprenticeships after they have completed their studies. This event has proved to be a great success and one that will now be on the annual calendar.
A wide range of employers, alumni and STEM Ambassadors supported the event, which was held in the evening so that parents and carers could attend.
In excess of 120 Year 13 students from our Dartford secondary academies attended. This was a chance for the students to find out what opportunities there are locally and nationally.
We would like to thank Laing O’Rourke, Kenard, A4G, Kent County Council, The Army, The Royal Navy, Adecco and the Ministry of Defence for supporting the event alongside former students and STEM Ambassadors.
Our alumni were able to elaborate upon their journeys after they left Trust academies to current students. These included Justin Wells who is currently flying helicopters for the National Police Air Service, Ray Johnson who is working with a charity and Tamara Castle who works in recruitment. Tamara added that she is looking forward to a new chapter in her career when she moves to Dubai with her current organisation in the New Year.
Our STEM Ambassadors talked to the students about the different opportunities that they have had in STEM based careers. One Ambassador was particularly popular as she had work experience opportunities available in the IT sector.
The Leigh UTC, headed by their new Director of Apprenticeships, Jay Wright, exhibited at this event for the first time promoting the higher apprenticeships in engineering that are now available at this college as well as those in IT that will be on offer from 2017.
Leigh Academies Trust’s HR team lead by HR Director Richard Taylor attended to publicise future opportunities for working within the Trust.
After a short introduction to the evening by Lesley Tannock, Careers Advisor at Leigh Academies Trust, students and parents were enthusiastic about talking to the participants. The introduction highlighted the importance of professional CV’s and transferable skills required by employers. It was stressed that assistance will be offered in the new year to all Year 13 students who may need additional support with job hunting.
Feedback on the evening from students, parents, carers and employers was excellent.