CAREERS FAIR IS A JOINT CLUSTER EVENT
The effectiveness of cluster meetings often lies in the bringing together of local schools with their support partners. One of the first South Kesteven cluster meetings agreed that a joint careers fair was an effective collaboration.
Schools were able to focus on preparing the 1000 students who attended, whilst the organisation was a joint enterprise between Hannah Romain from LincHigher, Debbie Boon, the Enterprise Coordinator, and Jasmine Abeysekera of Grantham College.
Schools had a one-hour slot for students to visit 30 businesses, from sectors including engineering, agri-food, the technology and digital sectors, defence, supply chain, hospitality, tourism and health and care. A requirement was for all employers to include an interactive activity on their stands and to engage with suggested ideas for capturing student interest. This was supported by a 'treasure hunt' for students to complete. These suggestions made a big difference, with positive formal feedback from students and both exhibitors and teachers saying that engagement at this event was better than others they had attended.
Three workshops on employability skills, apprenticeships and HE were very well attended.
The organisers and schools were grateful to LincHigher for funding and logistics.
Schools that attended were:
King's Grammar School, Grantham
Walton Academy, Grantham
Bluecoat Meres Academy, Grantham
The Deepings School, Market Deeping
Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham
Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, Grantham
Stamford Welland Academy