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On Tuesday 27 November, Frome College held its first careers event of 3 this academic year. A huge event which involved vast organisation and set up; all staff assisted and 1,100 students from Years 9 to 13 participated, and were treated to a wealth of interesting talks to select from.

Sixth Formers considering a career in sport attended a talk by Sports Lecturers from Bristol City Community Trust covering "University courses at Bristol City Football Club & careers students go on to."

As sport is an area of interest for many students, another talk ran alongside it from Wiltshire Cricket “How to get into coaching and coaching pathways;skills to be a good coach andopportunities within and beyond sport”.
Two local companies interested in recruiting future apprentices into their industry attended. Hanson Aggregates highlighted their Higher Apprenticeship Scheme – Career in aggregates, construction & engineering and Connor Construction (South West) who treated students to donuts, talked about “Road Construction - A Road for Everyone to Take. Whether you are hands-on, an aspiring globe-trotter, strategic-thinker, creative, mechanically-minded, mathematician, a natural teacher or businesses-minded individual there is a place for you in Road Construction. Feel proud to be part of the industry that makes our roads, runways and motorways safer, and find out what we do and how we do it”

Creative students were catered for by local entrepreneurs Edventure who explained how to start an ethical fashion business.  Another speaker talked broadly about careers in the arts covering careers from being a creative director for a big make up brand, to illustrating books to being a ceramic artist. Students with an interest in photography or animals were treated by a fascinating talkby wildlife researcher and photographer Victoria Hillman, and were enthralled by film capturing animal behaviours in the wild.

Jim Bird from Southampton Universitygave students a realistic insight into careers in Nursing & Midwifery, explaining; “Nursing is a profession where every day you make a genuine difference to the lives and well-being of people needing expert support. There are multiple opportunities to not only provide care but to lead it, to be a decision maker, to be the clinical expert. As a nurse you may care for children, adults, older people, their families, those where health needs may be physical, mental, emotional, and in diverse settings such as hospitals, patients’ homes, prisons, the armed forces, internationally. No two days will ever be the same and your personal practice will be immensely appreciated.”
 
Local company Frome Tech came in to help students gain an insight into a career in IT. Harris & Harris Solicitors gave an ever popular law talk. Will from Forest Marble talked about his unusual career journey “Estate Agency/ setting up a business- from goat farmer to local business owner” and talked about how to set up a business in today’s changing world where everything is at our finger tips 24 hours a day- utilising the power of social media with traditional sales techniques.
Inspiring the Future updated students on the increasing popularity of apprenticeships. If any of our business readers do have any apprenticeships please send details to Frome College’s Employability Co-ordinator Louise Friend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can match students looking for specific careers with your job. Please also email if you would like to be a careers speaker at our next event.  If you would like to consider setting up an apprenticeship, but are unsure how to go about this, please contact Vivienne Whitaker at Frome Town Council on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Another talk covered the variety of careers in Science. Sadly for the second careers event, our local plumber guest speaker failed to arrive. Rather than disappoint students who had selected that talk again- Frome College’s Maths teacher Niall McNair (pictured) stepped heroically into the safety boots and quickly found videos and material online to educate the students on this profession.

Students considering finance as a career gained an insight into the duties involved in running a company financial department and all the job roles involved from manging orders, cash flow and juggling the budget. Those preferring a more practical career listened to John from Cannimore Cycles describe daily life as a bike mechanic; how to enter this career, work within the cycling industry, training, and different opportunities available once qualified.

Martha Lynn in Year 10 reported on here experience: “At least once a term, students get the chance to experience an informative and intriguing talk from a guest speaker who will give them the opportunity to understand different workplace environments, depending on the students choice of interest. This term, there were options such as photography, law, fashion, and apprenticeship, giving college students a possibility to really understand their passions, and ask questions about possible options for their future careers. Arts, such as photography opened up to wider subjects such as wildlife and zoology, whilst fashion went in depth about the ethics of clothing industries.
Many students described their experience as ‘eye opening’ and ‘enlightening’ considering the chance to ask questions, learn about life in the work place, and additionally, not only find out about, but understand the first steps to future ambitions outside and beyond school. One of the employability coordinators at Frome College said ‘We as a school are very lucky to consistently have speakers come in and give marvellous insights into the different careers available’.
I am sure the students at Frome College will agree, considering the eager questions and multiple hands raised. All students were given slips of paper to write their answers to questions, and make general notes, most of which were filled with their thoughts of this terms career options.”

Frome College would like to extend their huge gratitude to all the business speakers who kindly gave up their time, to give our future workforce an insight into the many different careers open to them and the highlights and realities of different employment routes.

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