East Cambs Careers and Skills Fair
Inspiring Future Generations
All hands are on deck in preparation for the fifth year of East Cambs Careers and Skills Fair. Last year’s event saw 800 students from schools and colleges throughout the district visit Ely Cathedral to explore careers opportunities with representatives from a range of professions. This year there will be even more students visiting, as the event prepares to also welcome primary age students for the first time.
Students will have the chance to meet potential employers and learn about different career prospects after leaving school. Representatives from a number of companies are exhibiting including Corkers Crisps, Wates Construction Ltd, Barclays Bank, The Royal Navy and many more. There are a number of colleges present at the event, too, including College of West Anglia, Cambridge Regional College and West Suffolk College.
The Fair is being sponsored by The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, Thorlabs, West Suffolk College, Enterprise East Cambridgeshire, The Employability Partnership, Shearline Precision Engineering Ltd and Tesco, who will all be exhibiting at the event.
Enterprise East Cambridgeshire will be launching a brand new Apprenticeship Hub at the event, a website designed to connect local employers, apprentices and training providers.
Speaking about last year’s event, Rebecca Sussex from the Skills Service said: “We are extremely pleased that the skills fair continues to be so well supported. The students really enjoyed the day and we hope that it’s helped to guide them towards fulfilling future careers”.
Cllr Lis Every, who attended in 2017 said the event was: “A fantastic opportunity for students to take time out of their normal school day to explore future options. There are so many avenues that young people can take after school, events like this are really useful to guide them and to let them demonstrate their networking skills”.
One of the schools in attendance last year was Ely College. Nikki Pritchett, Work-related Learning and Enterprise Co-ordinator said: “It has been great to see how useful the students have found this day and the feedback we’ve had from them has been really positive. Fairs like this really help to open their eyes to the opportunities available to them and help students to consider paths they might not have considered before”.
The event is going to be the biggest yet and promises to be a great day. Huge thanks to all the sponsors for their generous dontations. We look forward to seeing all the exhibitors and students on October 9th.