THE future's looking bright for 100s of Tameside children who need extra support thanks to a unique event offering them bespoke guidance on training and job opportunities.
White Bridge College Pupil Referral Unit, in Dukinfield, held its first ever careers fair on Thursday 19 October, which hosted an array of stands from 17 local employers and further education providers.
Pupils from three of the borough’s other special schools – Cromwell, Samuel Laycock and Thomas Ashton – also attended.
White Bridge College Head of Centre Michael Wain organised the event to support the pupils with careers guidance and work and training opportunities tailored to be accessible, meet their needs and develop their many skills and talents.
He said: “Our pupils have so many strengths and practical skills to offer and we want to give them the best chances of further training and employment which is appropriate for them, ensuring there is no gap between them leaving school and moving on to a successful, satisfying life in work. We want to do everything we can to help them to continue to develop and achieve.”
With Help from the Business and Enterprise Advisers Colin Ransom and Surrya Glover, the college is also working with local employers to provide work experience and placement opportunities including a new work mentoring scheme.
Pupils have also been working on business enterprise opportunities, which were showcased at the careers fair - these include gift production, bespoke bird-boxes and radio adverts for local businesses. The students also catered for all guests at the careers fair by providing afternoon tea.