Approximately 160 pupils and parents from Forest, Millais and Tanbridge House schools attended a Collyer’s Employability Year 10 and 11 Evening. 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 Ian McAlister and Employability Ambassador Hannah Stubbings.
Experts on the panel, quizzed by host Deputy Principal Steve Martell and a packed audience, were: Steve Priest (Sussex Police), Holly Hart (University of Chichester), Jordan Humphrey (Nestle), Matthew Haverson (PwC), Mel Rose (British Airways); Anthony Greenfield (UK Border Force), ex-Collyer’s student Charlie Harrison (Edwards Vacuum) and Clare Barwick (Brighton Met College).
Each answered questions on areas including apprenticeships, alternative routes, sponsored exams, degree apprenticeships, sponsored degrees and ‘employability’ skills.
Lucy Hargreaves said: “It’s important to work closely with our excellent partner schools so that pupils can start progression planning early.
“Massive thanks to our panel of speakers and to all of the organisations who supported the event by managing stands in the Memorial Hall.”