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Students engage in a wide range of careers based activities

Students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently had opportunity to engage with employers, universities and training providers, along with employees from a wide range of industries during a weeklong focus on careers.

The school ran the careers based activities for its students during National Careers Week 2019, a nationwide initiative which celebrates, and highlights, the importance of careers guidance, along with providing aspirational opportunities which allow students to consider their career and education pathways. 

As part of NCW a number of educational trips and visits ran including a visit by thirty Year 8 students who went to Rugby College in order to find out more about the catering and hospitality industry, during the visit students learnt about careers in the industry and had chance to prepare, and eat, their own afternoon tea. A smaller group of Year 10 Health and Social Care students visited the Orchard Centre to find out about apprenticeships. In addition, a trip took 45 students to Milton Keynes for the National Apprenticeship Show.

In school students heard from a number of guest speakers including Jessica Dillon from the Royal Geographic Society who delivered sessions on studying geography. Another speaker, Amy Gray, a PhD student and Arctic researcher from Loughborough University spoke about her education, employment and research in the arctic. Furthermore, Year 7 students heard from Robert Sloan, who has worked for the BBC and is artistic director at Rugby Theatre; during his talk Robert told students about careers with a drama degree.

During the week there were also opportunities for students to engage in classroom based activities with outreach staff from the University of Gloucester and the University of Warwick. In addition, STEM ambassadors from GE Power and EDF Energy completed workshops and practical activities with students.

The school’s careers leader, Lisa Owen, said “It was an amazing week during which our students got to hear about so many interesting careers and exciting education pathways. I am really grateful to all the visitors who gave up their time to come and speak to our students.”

Headteacher, Alison Davies, said “A great deal of hard work and effort went to into organising the week but it’s been clear to see the benefits to our students. As a school we are committed to making sure our students understand the career choices available to them and actively provide guidance to help our students make decisions.”

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