Schools have a statutory duty to secure independent careers guidance for all Year 8-13 students, to help every pupil develop high career aspirations and understand where different choices can take them in the future through real-life contacts.
With One EBP’s support, St Marylebone School gave Year 9 students a chance to meet and talk with a wide range of business professionals to help them make their GCSE option choices. The careers fair was supported by a number of One EBP’s long term partners including V&A Museum, Bouygues UK, Microsoft, Casey & Fox, Seymourpowell, Royal College of Nursing and Natwest.
For students it was an ideal opportunity to ask questions about qualifications and job roles, with 96% of the girls saying it gave them a better understanding of different careers and jobs.
It has helped me with Year 9 choices and what job I want to do in the future.
Student, St Marylebone School
The event was also a great opportunity for businesses to promote their industry sector and brand to students and particularly for companies in the science and engineering sectors to encourage young girls to consider careers in these fields.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the careers event. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it’s very rewarding for me to encourage young ladies into engineering.
Business volunteer, Ode Ltd
If you would like to take part in a One EBP careers fair and help young students find out more about the range of career and study options available to them, sign up to get involved in our programmes.
For more information you can read the DfE’s report on Careers guidance and inspiration in schools.
Photo by RPMarks.