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London Ambitions inspires students about careers

04 April 2016

students from The Brittons Academy in HaveringSince January, the Prospects London Ambitions team has run employer events for students in central London and the City, as part of the 100 hours of work experience recommended by the London Ambitions Strategy, produced by London Councils and the London Enterprise Panel.

On Tuesday 8 March, Year 9 students from The Brittons Academy in Havering visited law firm Slater and Gordon and participated in interactive sessions, giving them first-hand experience of working in the legal profession. The students then played a game about risk at the Charted Insurance Institute, to learn more about the finance sector.

Prospects London Ambitions Manager, Katie Mawhinney, said: “The best way for young people to learn about different careers is to meet employers in the workplace. These events give young people an invaluable insight into different industries and professions.”

On Monday 14 March students from St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and met apprentices in the Aquatics Centre to learn about careers in the sport and leisure industries. They then visited the nearby Chobham Manor building site, where Taylor Wimpey spoke about jobs in construction.

Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, says: “We’re very excited to work with Prospects as part of the Olympic Park student careers event, and help young people discover more about the fantastic opportunities available to them in the building industry. We hope the students really enjoy their visit to Chobham Manor and learn a great deal from our team about the wonderful career choices that are on offer.”

At the same time, students from The Phoenix High School in Shepherds Bush visited the London College of Beauty Therapy. Students learnt about the courses the college offers, and participated in beauty sessions, including nail art, body art, make-up and hair styling. In the afternoon they visited Simplicity Remastered, a top hair salon in Fitzrovia. The owner, Nick Davis, gave career advice, having worked in the industry for 40 years, and talked about cutting celebrities’ hair, including David Beckham and Dawn French.

Teacher, Keisha Walker, said: “The girls have had a fantastic day – to get out of the classroom and in to the world of work has been a really great experience for them.”

The Prospects London Ambitions team supports schools, academies and colleges to achieve all seven strands of the London Ambitions Strategy. For more information, email Katie Mawhinney, or call 07500794835.

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