Eighteen Long Road students on the Career Ready programme went to an event in London called “The Capital Experience”. Head of Progression and Careers Andy Goodwin reports:
“We began the day by joining 1400 students from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the Dominion Theatre in the West End. Here we were treated to a talk by the CEO of Career Ready and three motivational speakers (the main one being ‘Action Jackson’). This was followed by two short presentations by former Career Ready students who have gone on to achieve great things at university and beyond, via jobs in the City. It wasn’t long before we were all up out of our seats, chanting to a ‘rap’ by the speaker, dabbing (!) and listening to a short masterclass in how to network effectively with employers.
We were then split into our school/college groups and allocated an employer to visit in the City. Our group made its way via tube and Jubilee line to Canary Wharf in Docklands before making our way to visit ‘Crossrail’. We were given a presentation about the building of the new “Elizabeth Line” across London, with some emphasis placed upon how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is involved in the different phases of its roll-out. After this, there was another short masterclass in networking skills which built on the morning delivery. Finally, to ensure that all the training had been effective, six employees ranging from apprentices to post-graduates were invited to come and meet our students. It was a perfect opportunity for them to put their new “networking” skills into practice, and they all performed brilliantly. At least one of those students is now interested in trying to secure a summer placement with Crossrail, looking at how they use drones in the manufacture of tunnels. I would like to thank the staff at Crossrail for giving our students such an excellent opportunity.”