Careers night double declared success for firms and students

Capturing Memories - Kirsty Perkins, Shooting Director for Grace Films chats with Year 10 students Milly Heatlie, Charlotte Needham and Erin Wilson about a career as a Videographer and TV Director - Photo by Wendy Binns
Capturing Memories - Kirsty Perkins, Shooting Director for Grace Films chats with Year 10 students Milly Heatlie, Charlotte Needham and Erin Wilson about a career as a Videographer and TV Director - Photo by Wendy Binns

A twin event to promote information about Careers and Higher Level Education for young people was a double success.

Tadcaster Grammar School hosted its annual Careers Fayre showcasing more than 50 businesses, but this time combined it with a Raising Aspirations event involving 23 universities.

Teesside University was just one of the 23 Universities represented at the Raising Aspirations event held in Toulston Hall at Tadcaster Grammar School - Photo by Wendy Binns

Teesside University was just one of the 23 Universities represented at the Raising Aspirations event held in Toulston Hall at Tadcaster Grammar School - Photo by Wendy Binns

The evening was declared a resounding success as hundreds of students, not just from Tadcaster, and their parents packed the Main Hall and Toulston Lodge to learn more about their future and the opportunities available to them.

The event also benefitted Tadcaster Grammar School BTEC Level 3 Business Studies students who helped to organise the careers event in conjunction with the Partnership team as part of their qualification.

“Toulston Lodge was so full at one point you couldn’t even get in the door and the Careers Fayre was positively buzzing,” said Amanda Crossley, Partnership Development Manager at Tadcaster Grammar School and one of the organisers of both events.

“This is the first time the Partnership Team has run a Higher Education Raising Aspirations event alongside our annual Careers Fayre, but we were thrilled with the attendance of 23 Universities from all across the country and the feedback has been so positive,” she added.

Join the Army - Photo by Wendy Binns

Join the Army - Photo by Wendy Binns

Local businesses taking part included Grace Films, RedRow Housing from Newton Kyme, Tadcaster & Rural Interest Company, Genesis Hair and Beauty, The Works Hair & Beauty, Lambert Engineering, Devine Meats, Newman-Wray Photography, and Moorhouses Opticians.

Those travelling from further afield included John Lewis and Nestle from York, Ark Design and Print from Pudsey and Leeds United, but there were accountants, florists, architects, joiners, painters and decorators and representatives from the RAF, Police and Army to name but a few.

“It was a great evening, really busy and a fantastic opportunity to meet students and parents and share our knowledge,” said Kirsty Perkins, Shooting Director with Grace Films of Tadcaster.

“A huge thank you must go to all the providers, businesses, professionals, colleges and universities who gave up their time on a very cold night to spend it with us and also congratulations to our BTEC students Tom Barfoot, Eleanor Hawkins, Harry Pike, Jamie Hardcastle, Oliver Macer, Matthew Starkey and Daniel Probert who passed with flying colours,” said Amanda.

A flavour of Nestle - Sascha Macchi (Commercial Trainee) talks to Kirsten Buckley from Year 11 about her work at Nestle - Photo by Wendy Binns

A flavour of Nestle - Sascha Macchi (Commercial Trainee) talks to Kirsten Buckley from Year 11 about her work at Nestle - Photo by Wendy Binns

Tadcaster Grammar School, which is a specialist business and enterprise college, was rated as good at its last Ofsted inspection in 2012.

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