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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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A-LEVEL students who have chosen not to apply for university got useful advice from major employers at an employment day.

Second year students from Barrow Sixth Form College attended the event – a joint venture between the college, Brian Wood, the Barrow Engineering Project co-ordinator and Furness Education and Skills Partnership chairman, and employers involved in FESP – last week at Abbey House Hotel.

The day, sponsored by BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines and Centrica, involved a series of presentations and workshops.

During the morning around 70 students attended talks from BAE, GEN II, Vattenfall and Furness College about higher apprenticeship and career options in this area.

In the afternoon there was a series of interactive workshops on employability skills, producing a CV and interview techniques.

Representatives from the businesses were on hand to chat and offer advice to students individually.

Samantha Roberts, a careers advisor at Barrow Sixth Form College, organised the event with Mr Wood.

Mrs Roberts said: “The students have been given the opportunity to find out what employers are looking for.

“It has been superb for the young people to attend an adult conference and have an introduction to the world of work. They seem to have found it very useful. They have asked relevant questions, had their CVs checked by the companies, and have been given really good advice.”

Jason Borwick, 18, who is interested in higher apprenticeships in pipe fitting, said: “Today has been very useful, looking at different areas and types of apprenticeships you can apply for. The information about CVs and how to apply has been very good.”

Andy Clark, 19, who wants to become a teaching assistant, said: “It has been very helpful and useful.

“I have learnt what employers want to see in a CV.”

Natasha Collins, of Centrica, said: “This has been great for the students because they can see what we are looking for.

“We are not just looking for high academic talent, but all-rounders who will fit in with the company.”

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