The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London hosted a careers event for 600 Haringey Year 9s last week (24 February) at its Tottenham Centre. The event was organised by Prospects Services on behalf of Haringey School Age Careers, which is a local regeneration project. Secondary schools Park View Community, Gladesmore and Northumberland Park Community School all attended. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of almost 30 employers, training and post 16 education providers, including the College’s own stand and careers advisors about jobs and employment. The enthusiastic Year 9s also took part in one of thirteen taster sessions offered by CONEL.
The employers who attended had apprenticeships to offer as well as useful advice on career plans. The employers included: telecoms giants BT and O2, civil engineering and construction firms Volker Fitzpatrick and Morgan Sindall, health and care professionals North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, hospitality leaders Premier Inn, sports industry experts Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, creative and media companies, such as Creative Skillset and top trendsetters Fashion Enter, plus many more.
Volker Fitzpatrick explained their commitment to take on local apprentices with each of their large-scale projects and they are currently working extensively in East London, as well as in Hornsey on behalf of Haringey Council. Morgan Sindall explained their opportunities range from construction, plumbing and carpentry job roles to electricians, site managers and quantity surveyors.
Colleges and specialist universities also attended, including: GSM a private university promoting their business courses and Holts Academy a specialist college in jewellery making.
Careers Advisors from the National Careers Service, Prospects, Haringey Council’s Routes to Work and the Construction Youth Trust took part, as well as uniformed services the Royal Air Force (RAF), London Fire Brigade (LFB) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
The taster workshops on offer included: Childcare, Construction, Engineering, Fashion, Games Design, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Health and Social Care, IT Programming, Media, Music Technology, Public Services, Science and Sports.
Some of the Northumberland Park Community School Year 9s commented on their experiences.
Construction Taster Workshop
Jake Spicer: “I think it was a fun day. It was easy and simple to get involved and there were so many workshops to choose from. I want to study Sports Science at university and I got the information I needed on how to do that today.”
Raul Dumitru: “I liked cutting wood and trying out carpentry. I have enjoyed today.”
Mihai Turcanu: “I enjoyed learning the techniques for drilling and making a penholder.
Liam Oulds: “It was interesting to find out what grades I need. It was good to talk to people to find out how to be what it is I want to be. I want to be a chef.”
Science Taster Workshop
Sara Al –Maliki: “I liked the NHS stand. I want to be a doctor and I was able to talk to the people on the stand about what I need to achieve academically to do that.”
Fatma Osman: “It was great to visit all the stands to find out what it is you need for each career. I want to be a doctor too.”
Digital Games Design and Animation Workshop
Cosima Ifrim: “I liked making a game. I’m going to go home now and play it.”
Harry Searle: “Making the game was the best bit about today.”
Daniel Anowa: “I really liked the freedom to be creative in the Games Design workshop.”
CONEL Vice Principal Kurt Hintz, said: CONEL was able to support an event giving Year 9s the information and guidance they need to help them select their GCSE options, as well as the routes in training and education open to them once they reach sixteen.”
Nanette Higgins, Project Manager for Prospects careers advice service who organised the event said: “This event is an example of what the Haringey School Age Careers Project is all about bringing employability into the heart of the careers education curriculum to support the young people of Haringey make informed decisions about their post 16 pathways. The event highlighted many opportunities open to all young people in Haringey; broadening their knowledge raising their aspiration and increasing their motivation to achieve in education.