Approximately 160 pupils and parents from Forest, Millais and Tanbridge House schools attended a Collyer’s Employability Year 10 and 11 Evening. Facilitated by Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell, the packed audience posed questions to a panel of experts from industry and education, during a lively event in Collyer’s Duckering Hall.
`The session was planned by Employability Programme Co-ordinator, Lucy Hargreaves, with help on the night from Collyer’s Employability Ambassadors Rhiannon Durrant, Jose Hammant, Daniel Katz, Corlia Robertson, Weronika Rostowska and Luke Withyman.
Experts on the panel quizzed by Deputy Principal Steve Martell and a packed Duckering Hall audience were: former Collyer’s student and now Assurity Consulting’s Sinead Lawson, Georgia Farrugia from the NHS’; Nestle’s Rachael Rhodes, Georgia Shepherd (Willis Towers Watson); Collyer’s Vice Principal Dan Lodge (who talked about the new T-Levels being launched in 2020); Virgin’s Jade Simmonds, Anthony Greenfield (UK Border Force); Sam Pummell (current studying Early Years at Collyer’s), RSM’s Nikki Martin and Guy Watts (MD of Architectural Plants, based in Pulborough).
Each answered questions on areas including apprenticeships, alternative routes, sponsored exams, degree apprenticeships, sponsored degrees and ‘employability’ skills.
Steve Martell, who teaches the ground-breaking Employability course at the Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form College, was delighted: “Massive thanks to our speakers and to Lucy Hargreaves for event planning the session so brilliantly. Big thanks also go to our Employability Ambassadors, who are a credit to Collyer’s. Lucy and their other teachers are very proud of them.”
After the Q&A session, guests were invited to speak to the host of organisations who ran stands in a fair held in the college’s Memorial Hall, these comprised: Architectural Plants, Assurity Consulting, UK Border Force, British Airways, Horsham District Council; Metricell, Nestle, NHS, RSM, Sussex Police; Thales, Virgin Holidays, Willis Towers Watson and YMCA.
Lucy Hargreaves said: “We can’t wait for the NG2U event aimed at our very own Collyer’s students on Wednesday 13th February, which promises to break all previous attendance records!”