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Hayesbrook's First Careers Fair a Huge Success

The Hayesbrook School hosted a Careers Fair for KS4 and KS5 students on Tuesday 7 March, during 'National Apprenticeship Week'.

Many exhibitors were present including Canterbury Christchurch University, The University of Brighton, Runway Training, Hadlow College, West Kent College, Grosvenor Resourcing, AXA PPP Healthcare, Sainsburys, Pennard Vets, British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Cripps Harris Hall, Tonbridge Rotary Club, Tonbridge Lions, Barratt Housing, Central College for Animal Studies, United Living and Kent Training and Apprenticeships.

The hall was packed throughout the event and the students received a real mixture of future career options from university pathways, apprenticeships and advice around making that first break into industry. Hundreds of pupils were able to spend time talking to the exhibitors in a market place layout and many were able to take resources including prospectuses away with them. The students were even able to meet Whisper the dog from Pennard Vets!

It was equally positive that former Hayesbrook student Nick Garaty was able to return and host the Canterbury Christchurch University stand. It was a real pleasure to find out that when Nick had seen our request for the university to attend the careers fair, he wanted to return and talk to our pupils about his experience of life after A levels.  He is currently studying Law with Forensic Investigation and hopes to pursue a legal career. 

Barratt and Sainsbury staff were pleased to have the opportunity to show students a wider range of careers and learning opportunities than they might have expected to find. Students reacted very positively, Jack Burchell in Year 11 said: "There was a lot of information on army courses.  I liked the University of Brighton stand as I’m interested in design and technology courses".  Feloow Year 11 student Oliver Johnson added: "It was really useful.  There was lots of information about how to get where you want to be".

Event organiser and Assistant Principal Mr Reader said: "This was a really challenging event to plan logistically and we were delighted that the students and exhibitors got so much out of the day. We plan to invite the exhibitors back next year and we have also been able to make some important links with careers based professionals. We would like to thank the exhibitors for visiting the school and for having such a positive impact on the pupils".

If you are interested in providing some careers support for our students then please contact us on 01732 500600.