The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London hosted a Careers Fair for Years 9s from Park View and Gladesmore Community School this week (Wednesday 22 February). Hundreds of students descended on the College to try out taster sessions in different subject areas and talk directly to employers in the borough find out about the wide range of career options available to them.
The Careers Fair was held on behalf of Haringey Council after the success of last year’s event. The aim of the Fair was to raise awareness of education, training and career opportunities, and the increasing the pathway choices for young people in the local area. It also provided them with information about entry requirements to jobs and courses that will equip them with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions after Year 11.
College Director Jackie Chapman said, “We are seeking to give local Year 9 students a better understanding of the career options open to them, everything from Apprenticeships, college or university. We are delighted that local employers could attend and talk to the students.”
Parkview Careers Adviser Chris Kennington said, “The students found the workshops very informative and were able to ask a range of different questions to the employers on the stands. They have gained valuable insight for the future.” Year 9 Tutor Mr Mohammed added, “Today has really helped prepare our students for their GCSEs and has got them thinking about the different choices available to them. It’s been a great insight into possible career options.”
Staff Engagement and Development Officer at North Middlesex University Hospital, Maria Kalotichou said, “We’re here today to raise awareness of the wide range of career options available within the NHS and want to highlight the different career progression pathways including our successful Apprenticeship programme.”
Adam Stapleton Tottenham Foundation Worker at Tottenham Hotspur said, “It’s been a great opportunity to engage with young people at a crucial stage in their careers. It allows us to interact with them at a young age and help them to understand the opportunities that may arise.”
Francis Amara from Haringey Council added, “It’s brilliant to be able to inspire the youth, it is also good to remind them of the importance of knowing what they want to do. By talking to them now, they are able to choose their GCSEs with their future in mind.”
Throughout the day, students were able to try Taster Sessions, starting with Engineering where they were shown the engineering process and asked to design and build their own rocket.
Park View student Ahmed Mohamoud said, “I really enjoyed the Engineering taster session where we learnt how to make a simple rocket. I definitely would consider Engineering as a career option now.”
At the Hairdressing taster session students were how to create a ‘hair up’ do using styling equipment and given a brief to create their own party hairstyle on mannequins.
Park View Student Shani Heywood said “The hair session was my favourite of the day. We could try a variety of different hairstyles and facilities at The Salon are excellent. I was thinking about studying Hairdressing before, but I’m sure I want to do it after today.”
The students in the Construction taster were tasked with creating a pencil holder using the carpentry equipment in the workshop, whilst in Science flame testing different metals and their reactions were available to students.
Taster sessions were also available in Health and Social Care, Early Years, Sports, Public Services, IT, Media, Games Design and Music Technology.
Careers Advisor at Gladesmore Community School, Stephen Carruthers said, “Our students have really enjoyed the different workshops and the careers information has been very informative. At this stage students can be very unsure about their future and this has been a good eye opener for them. We will definitely be returning next year.”
- Last Updated: 09 April 2018