Pupils investigate future career opportunities

Arts & Education
FROM forensics and electrics to digital design, Tameside Council’s Careers and Apprenticeship Exhibition gave pupils a hands on taster of the many opportunities open to them.
More than 900 Year 9 and 10 pupils from secondary schools across the borough attended the ‘have-a-go’ event at Hyde Town Hall on 30 June.
The Careers and Apprenticeship Exhibition is just one part of the work the Council is doing to support schools in delivering effective Careers, Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), which enables students to make suitable and informed educational and employment decisions for their future.
A total of 46 exhibition stands - coordinated by the Council’s Employment and Skills Team - promoted various career and education pathways and allowed pupils to see many businesses, learning and training providers for further and higher education.  In addition to this, pupils had the opportunity to receive apprenticeship advice and guidance to develop an understanding of this alternative route to a career.
All activities delivered throughout the day succeeded in engaging pupils in areas they may not have taken an interest in before.  Among the hands on sessions on offer were: crime scene investigation - analysing fingerprints and fibres – with Complete Forensics; tiling and electrical work with Manchester Working; virtual welding with Tameside College; a hoist challenge with Prism Medical; a biking challenge with Active Tameside; creation of snapchat filters with AsOne Design and; Performing Arts on the main stage from Clarendon Sixth Form.
Tameside Council Executive Member for lifelong learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: “This annual event is a great opportunity for young people to investigate their future career options as well as pathways they may not have considered before. The exhibition was bursting with activity and enthusiasm and will have hopefully helped to motivate and inspire pupils.”