Year 7 Employers Encounter

Year 7 Employers Encounter

On Wednesday 6th February, Year 7 students took part in an Employers Encounters event. The students were able to talk to local business professionals to find out why they love their jobs.

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 22% more during their career. The 2016 Education and Skills Survey reported “a gap between education and the preparation people need for their future,” as well as “a gap between the skills needed and those people have”. Employer encounters help address these gaps in skills and knowledge.

The event was organised with support from David Sellars, our Enterprise Coordinator from the Careers and Enterprise Company and Julie Putman, our Employer Adviser. Julie was able to find a fantastic selection of people to talk to our students including: Adrian Cocks, MCMI Gilbert and Goode Construction; Julie Wood, Manager at Four Seasons Community Care; Andrew Reed, BAM Construct UK; David Gardiner, Chase de Vere, an independent financial adviser; Leanne Andrews, a former student who has now completed her Masters and supports adults in care; Bernadette Parkinson, Plymouth Construction Training Group; Katie Milford, Torpoint and Rame Community Sports Centre, YMCA and Louise Slee, owner of Cornish Pod. We are very grateful for these busy people giving up their time and engaging so well with our students and also want to thank all the Year 7 students who took part in this event so well.

We plan to run similar Employer Encounter speed networking events with Year 8 and Year 9 after half term.