HAVERING'S largest skills and jobs event, the Careers & Ideas Show at Havering College is helping to shape the future of the next generation after attracting close to 5,000 young people, their teachers and parents.
The event at the Havering College Ardleigh Green Campus in Hornchurch, Greater London on Thursday, March 26th provided hands-on experiences to inspire young people to explore the opportunities available in further education, skills, apprenticeships and higher education.
The Careers & Ideas Show featured job opportunities, stands from national and local employers, live apprenticeship vacancies and information on courses, all with a focus on interactivity to allow visitors to experience first-hand the huge range of careers available.
The event saw the launch of Havering College's new STEM Manifesto. The STEM Manifesto outlines a commitment to developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics throughout the college.
There was further excitement in the air as HC Radio - Havering College's new student-run radio station at began broadcasting for the first time. Based in the college's state-of-the-art radio studios, visitors were able to enjoy a taste of the student-produced programmes which will be transmitted during term times.
More than 50 have-a-goes were staged by Havering College staff, students and employers to inspire young people and shape their future. Activities ranged from science experiments to film making and printing to robotics.
A drone captured aerial footage of the day.
Careers & Ideas Show media sponsors were TIME FM and The Enquirer Newspaper.
The event was also promoted on Kiss FM.
Employers, colleges, organisations and advisers attending the event included IBM, NatWest, Hovis, Stagecoach, Metropolitan Police, Jobs in Maritime, Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE), Brakes, Grove & Dean, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives , Havering Council, Premier Sport, Barclays, Lodge Group Care UK Ltd, Work in Progress, Prospects Careers Advice Plus, JCP, RateMyApprenticeship, Milkround Online, Arcus FM, Obsidian Training, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), Frontier, Our Talented Future, the Army and Havering Sixth Form College.
Adam Watling, co-founder of Our Talented Future Employment Consultancy, said: "It was a fantastic opportunity for our company to be involved in the Havering College Careers and Idea's show. We were able to engage with a wide audience of prospective and existing students as well as local job seekers eager to gain valuable careers advice. There was a real buzz about the event and hopefully it helped all visitors gain a clearer picture of their next steps into employment."
Close to 2,000 pupils and their teachers were transported from local schools including The Coopers' Company and Coborn School, Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College, Hall Mead School, The Albany School, Royal Liberty School, The Chafford School, Sanders School, Barking Abbey School, St Martin's School in Brentwood, Marshalls Park School and The Warren School. Young people from Romford YMCA also attended.
When asked for their feedback, 89 per cent of visiting pupils said the Careers & Ideas Show was a "good event" with 93 per cent saying they would probably recommend Havering College.
Lisa Isaacs, Work Related Learning/Careers & Science College Co-ordinator at The Royal Liberty School, said: "Havering College offers a great deal of vocational courses and the college's staff work very hard to engage schools."
The evening session was open to anyone looking for a job or training whether for first-time employment, after redundancy or long term unemployment, or as a career change.
Havering College Principal Maria Thompson said: "Our Careers & Ideas Show has been a fantastic success. Visiting pupils, their teachers, parents and our own students have given enthusiastic feedback. Meeting employers, finding out about jobs and apprenticeships, trying their hand at skills and receiving impartial advice from our staff about career pathways and courses is an experience they can take away and use when making important career decisions. We are very grateful to all the exhibitors, schools and parents for their support."