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.
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)
- Francesco Group
- Harborne Medical Academy
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- 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.
For more information visit www.auea.co.uk