Careers and Apprenticeship Week 2-7 February 2020

March 4th, 2020 | School News

Our careers and apprenticeship week was a great success. We were delighted by the interest and enthusiasm shown by our students, they took every opportunity available to ask questions of our external speakers who were very complimentary about our students.

‘It’s always a pleasure to come in to school and talk to students about careers at a time when they’re faced with a world of choices.  When I was 16, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and that was OK. I told the group this year that from my experience, if you focus on what you enjoy, look for what motivates you, and read everything you can lay your hands on, then nothing is wasted.  You will enjoy life and gather valuable experience on the way to finding the ‘right’ career.’ – Candace Kendall, Lawyer

It was a pleasure to welcome a diverse range of professions and speakers to our school, this included the famous BAFTA award winning producer Stephen Woolley, actor Will Thorpe, human rights Consultant to the United Nations Elizabeth Harrop, Director of Ignyte Media Tina Veater, Lawyer Candace Kendall, and Global Customer Experience and Support Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Gavin Duckett. Students also learnt about working in the NHS from RUH Medical Nurse Practitioner Victoria Neilson. Thanks to Adrian Schreiber-Green of Wainwright & Co and Martin Symons from Hanson Aggregates students learnt about the wide variety of jobs and opportunities available in this important industry sector. We also welcomed back former student, Emma Robertson, who is now an Engineer at Renishaw. 

‘Careers week at Writhlington School is always a pleasure, the children are encouraged to think about their future choices and aspirations. As a speaker, we are always asked to talk about our own journeys to success and the pathways we chose. I am always impressed with the engagement of the children and staff at the school and the open approach to discussing what can be achieved with a little hard work and determination.’ – Tina Veater, Ignyte Media

Forensic Scientist Dr Maziar Bonab from UWE, Alistair Scott of gardening company Trug and Lettuce, and our very own Year 8 Progress Leader spoke very eloquently seizing opportunity.

They all agreed that to be happy and successful it was important to:

  • Be passionate about what you are doing
  • Work really hard
  • Have resilience
  • Seize opportunity
  • Take risks
  • Be nice
  • It doesn’t matter if you are not sure what you want to do

We are always mindful that not all students wish to continue in Higher Education or take A levels at Sixth Form. We were delighted to welcome Donna Ford from Innovative Training Hair & Beauty, Rachael Emmett from Bath College, Wiltshire College, Wainwright & Co, and Alex Richards from Western Training Providers talk about the exciting opportunities available via modern apprenticeship programmes. With apprenticeships available in all industry sectors and at a variety of levels, students are able to enter the world of work and progress their career in a structured way whilst receiving a regular paycheck.

It was also fantastic to catch up with former students, Josh Gibbs, and Josef Robinson, who shared their experiences of being an apprentice.

We would like to thank all our guests for talking with our students.