Future Choices fair draws over 600 people

Youngsters have more food for thought after The Weald School, Billingshurst, held its 22nd Future Choices Fair.

Considered the flagship event in its rolling careers programme, the session attracted more than 600 people.

The Fair was open to students across all year groups. The evening is designed to help students to make informed decisions about their future choices, whether they are considering apprenticeships, further or higher education or employment.

Throughout the evening, students talked with business professionals, gaining first hand insight into entry routes, experience required to break into particular industries along with employability skills and raising awareness of the number of career opportunities available in the world of work.

With a record breaking 55 exhibitors, the fair showcased employers such as The Printed Word, Microsoft, Thomas Keating Ltd and PMW Communications; Further and Higher Education Institutions Northbrook College, Chichester College, Universities of Oxford, Plymouth College of Art, Kent and of course our very own outstanding Weald Sixth Form; and Apprenticeships Providers Ibstock Brick Ltd, West Sussex County Council and Jace TrainingParallel interactive sessions also ran alongside the exhibition about

Apprenticeships, the importance of STEM careers, student finance and careers in IT.

First time exhibitor and former student James Tucker from Microsoft said: “It was a fantastic experience to be back at the Weald after leaving almost four years ago. I can remember visiting the Careers Fair myself numerous times and not having a clue what I wanted to do, so it was brilliant to talk to the students and show them just how many options are open to them.

It was great to hear from individuals ranging from Year 7 all the way to Year 12 who were excited about the opportunities available, and offer the advice which I wanted to hear when I was in their shoes”. Pictured is a table at the fair.

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