Careers Fair takes over main hall

Students from Year 9 up to Year 13 had a unique opportunity to come face to face with potential future employers as 36 different establishments were represented in the latest ‘Careers Fair’ on Monday.

Representatives from the armed services, hospitality and care sectors, engineering, apprenticeships and numerous universities set up stalls in the main hall to give an insight into what may lay ahead for students on their chosen career path.

Amongst them was former Plantsbrook student Lara Crozier, who was keen to share her experiences starting her Police career:

“I came to this careers fair when I was a student here and spoke to the Police representative, it introduced me to the whole apprenticeship route and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

It’s a really nice feeling to be back, but it’s so strange to be here. A lot of students have been asking me ‘what’s the job like?’ and I’ve been telling them as much as the job is amazing, the friends I’ve made have been amazing too and that’s a big part to tell people that it seems like all we do is work but we want to get across the people side of it as well.”

Some of the exhibitors represented have already taken on students in either part time roles, such as Father Hudson’s Care based in Coleshill, or The Belfry, or have Plantsbrook alumni on their current staff, like Precision Micro, an engineering company based in Erdington.

Marketing Manager Lee Weston says it’s an amazing opportunity for his company to try and engage with new talent:

“As a specialist engineering company we’re really reliant on young local people to train and nurture into manufacturing because they are our future champions of what we do and the kids here are really mature and asking all the right questions.

We’ve got a really good relationship with Plantsbrook School having taken on someone from here in the past and we’ve entertained students fairly recently on a site visit. We walked them around the factory so they could see how it operates and a few of the kids we’ve spoken to today have mentioned that so it really resonated with them.”

The Fair marked the start of a series of events planned for National Careers Week, with mock interviews taking place for Year 11 students and special assemblies planned for all year groups to get them thinking about their future lives beyond Plantsbrook.

Careers Lead/Advisor Mrs Dullea says she was delighted with how the Careers Fair went and hopes it proved useful:

“It was a great success, bigger than last year with more employers and training providers and we had more apprenticeship providers which matches a trend we’ve seen in more students choosing that route after Year 11.

We listened to student feedback and grouped institutions together this year which hopefully made things run smoother and many of the exhibitors commented on how well behaved and engaged our students were, asking lots of questions, which is wonderful to hear.”

If you’d like more information about the help and advice on offer from Plantsbrook, check out our dedicated Careers section here…