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Prospects careers fair at new Birmingham engineering academy

04 March 2014

Earlier this month Prospects hosted the first ever careers fair at the new Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) in Birmingham.

AUEA is a University Technical College, sponsored by Aston University, with specialisms in Engineering and Science.Careers event at Aston University Engineering Academy

The academy is housed in a £16.2 million state of the art building in the heart of the Birmingham and offers unique opportunities for 14-19 year olds.

Ian Cooper, personal adviser, Prospects, organised the event. He said: “I was asked by AUEA to organise a careers fair to highlight the range of career opportunities available to students. At the event students demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm for guidance and asked appropriate questions about their career interests and next steps.”

The careers fair raised the importance of career choice to current students in years 10-13, and was attended by students, parents and employers.

Claire Donohue, marketing & events officer, Solihull College, said: “Students were very engaged with the event and asked a lot of career related questions”.

There was a strong focus on engineering careers and opportunities. More than 40 organisations from various industries attended the event, including:
  • Access to Music
  • Birmingham City University
  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
  • E.ON
  • Francesco Group
  • Harborne Medical Academy
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Manpower
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lean Engineering and Manufacturing Academy (LEMA)
  • The National IT Partnership (NITP)
  • UTC Aerospace Systems.
Rebecca Lloyd, regional coordinator, Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands,
said: “This successful event demonstrated a range of career options for pupils. I met and spoke to students who were genuinely interested and keen to engage”.

AUEA combines national curriculum requirements with a focus on science and engineering and strong links with local and national industrial partners.

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