Fair feedback for careers event

A fantastic turnout has been matched by amazing feedback for our ‘Your Future’ Careers Fair last week.

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We were delighted to welcome more than 100 representatives from over 60 organisations with 1,000 young people and adults attending last Wednesday’s event.

Employers and training providers who attended included: Kier Transportation (National Highways); NHS North East and Yorkshire; County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service; Zest Eco; Bridge Creative; Durham Constabulary; Bishop Auckland College Group HR; Northumbria University; Probation Service; GSK; Victim Care & Advice Service; 11 Arches (Kynren); Durham FA; County Durham Care Academy; Teesside University; Locomotion Shildon; Durham County Council Culture & Leisure Services; Durham University; 8 RIFLES Army Reserve Unit; Durham & Darlington Talking Therapies; Believe Housing and South Durham Enterprise Service.

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The sports hall at our Woodhouse Lane campus was packed with stalls and visitors, creating a real buzz throughout the day.

We have been collating the amazing feedback from students, staff, employers and teachers from the local schools.

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Here are some of the comments from students on the event and the stalls:

• Found them very helpful and useful, in deciding on a career.

• Amazing - have to do again.

• Very busy and found much of the information useful.

• Loved it.

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Quotes from organisations who took part included:

• Great event well organised and very busy.

• Great location, staff very friendly.

• Great opportunity for young children to access experience in health/wellbeing services, showing more careers in health without being based in a hospital.

• We were very well received with a lot of people approaching us for information on joining the police.

• The event was a wonderful opportunity to reach so many people for so many different reasons. As a progression route for learners, for social development for the learners, also as an opportunity to share with employers the service of in-work support. The other catchment of learners I realised we reached out to was the health and social care learners and the progression route into being in work support in the future.

• Excellent networking opportunity with other services and young people.

We'd like to thank all the organisations who supported the event and everyone who attended.

Listen to Bishop FM's interviews from the event here.