Tuesday 26th April saw Stanmore College host a full day’s Employability, HE and Careers’ Fair in the Sports’ Hall for both our 16-18-year-old and adult students. The event turned out to be an exceptional success with a fantastic turnout of exhibitors; these included employers, universities, public services and organisations offering information about non university options, gap years, travel, jobs not commonly known, and apprenticeships.
Inspirational organisation representatives included Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) staff, one of whom, Sallyanne Payton, is also one of our own adult students currently completing a Level 5 BA(Hons) degree in Working in Integrated Services for Children and Young People. Sallyanne, who works as a Senior Health Play Specialist at GOSH and came all the way from rural coastal Essex to study at Stanmore and work in GOSH, told us that the Careers’ fair was excellent, she met so many lovely students who could be wonderful playworkers and it helped ‘reel them in’.
Feedback from our students included comments such as ‘we really enjoyed it, can we have one every month!’ and ‘I found out so much, it’s been a great help’. They also mentioned having received lots of useful information and feeling motivated and positive about the future following the event.
Diane from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital told us the Careers Fair had been really good for Team Building and they were very impressed by the range of exhibits and the enthusiasm of students and staff. The range of exhibits referred to included the University of Hertfordshire, Bupa, the Royal Navy, The University of West London, Brunel, TfL, Bright Little Stars Nursery and many more and I have to say their stands looked fantastic.
Sajan from Charterwells Accountants commented that the students had really engaged well and the event had been very well presented; his colleague, Neil told us the event was energetic and nurturing for students. Some attendees, including the Metropolitan Police, told us it was excellent and the interaction with students and staff had been top class. British Army staff commented on the friendly students and great hospitality and Sangeeta from Harrow Council referred to the great support and information for all ages, 16 to 18 and mature learners. Harrow Council’s Kickstart employee, Bader al-Rashid was on hand to help those looking to get onto appropriate training programmes.
Reece from London Ambulance told us they had enjoyed very good engagement with students and Andreea from NCS Learn by Design commented on students having been supported and encouraged to ask questions and explore.
Marc from The Elms Sports in Schools reckoned they had encountered lots of potential coaches and James from Transport for London (TFL) said the event had been excellent and students very enthusiastic and inquisitive.
Parimal from Skills Training UK praised the layout, the airy venue, choice of exhibitors excellent not to mention the lunch! Not Going to Uni had been impressed by the communication from the College prior to and throughout the event.
London Fire Brigade had a very popular stand and their representative did not get to sit down once during the day though he indicated it was worth it as there were likely to be some applications from students for careers in the fire brigade as a result.
Boys and Girls Nursery staff and Barbara who represented the College’s Distance Learning and Employability courses said there had been a great buzz.
Thanks to the site team for all the set up required, to admissions, marketing and careers staff for organising it, liaising with so many employers and agencies, set-up arrangements, provision of supplies and looking after the exhibitors and to all the teachers and tutors who encouraged and ensured that students attended throughout the day.