Year 9, 10 and 11 students took part in two different workshops today (Wednesday 10th October), aiming to inspire future career options and pathways in higher education and apprenticeships.
The day’s activities were kick-started by a group of Year 9 students, who took part in the Feeding Britain’s Future programme run by the IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution). The programme gives students the knowledge and tools to improve their employability skills and be confident in the world of work, while also giving an insight into the food and grocery industry and showcasing the career opportunities within it.
Jo Trendall from Future First ran the Feeding Britain’s Future workshop, and was joined by ex-pupil Phil Shere, who shared his experiences working within the food industry and in Government, and by Agnes Jones, Area Manager at Aldi, who discussed career development and the opportunities available within the food industry in particular.
Students also took part in the Next Step South West Roadshow, jumping on board the double-decker bus to take part in short workshops and subject tasters, promoting pathways in higher education.
Academics and student ambassadors were on hand throughout the day to help students research their future choices, and answer any questions. Students could also take virtual reality tours of various university campuses, and learn more about different job sectors in the interactive zone.
Rachel Gaunt from Next Steps South West, said: “We’re at Tiverton High School today to showcase our higher education roadshow bus, hoping to give students more knowledge about progression routes in higher education – both academic degrees and degree level apprenticeships.
“It’s really important for students, especially at high school age, to understand the opportunities available to them and what they could do after leaving school. Whether that’s to study a degree at university or jump straight into a hands-on apprenticeship, and our aim is to make them aware of those different choices.”
Assistant Headteacher, Tom Williams, added: “GCSE results show that the students of Tiverton are just as talented and successful as any other students in the South West and should be applying to the best Universities and career opportunities.”