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The BIG Futures Show

Year 9 and 10 students made their way to Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on Wednesday 20th April for the Big Futures Show, to be inspired by the many different career paths on offer to them

Students from across Business Sussex were given the opportunity to gain an Events insight into the many different avenues that they could go down for their future careers, and how to get there at the Big Futures Show on 20th April. Colleges, professional services and a range of local businesses all offering different paths to success and future career prospects lined the halls at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens, all giving advice and promoting their apprenticeship programs or courses to interested 14 and 15 year olds. SBT attended the show as an exhibitor, also making our way around the room to find out how the day had gone for other local businesses, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Matt Attrell, Customer Care Officer at Mears Housing Management commented: “Overall, this has been a great networking experience, both in terms of getting the word out to young people currently in education – potential employees – and in terms of business-

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to-business networking. These events She came to us when she was 16 and give a really wide scope for future career was far more mature than many of the prospects and new business ideas, others we’ve employed through a more and the kids seem to have been really traditional route. She has grown with us interested.” and has done what she wanted, and Emma Bell, Assistant Procurement we’re very pleased for her.” Manager at Faithorn Kerri Hynd from Farrell Timms said: “It’s Sussex Police said: “The amount of been really good to see “We’ve been very the youth coming through impressed with the level businesses here and to talk to them about of engagement from the is wonderful as it their futures. We have had students today. A lot our own apprentice here, gives them a wide of them have wanted Georgia, who has been to know more about range of ideas to at the stand all day with careers in forensics go away and us, giving advice to other or detective work, but potential apprentices on we’ve also been trying consider” her experience with us to encourage them to - Eastbourne as a company. We have think about the perhaps Borough Council found that many of the slightly less obvious students simply aren’t roles in the police force: aware of the industries that are out the non-uniform staff roles. Many of them there, and often haven’t considered an have approached me and asked why I apprenticeship with a company like us. am not in a uniform if I am in the police We’ve been trying to push the fact that – they’re not educated on the force as you don’t have to go down the traditional a whole. All in all, this has been a great route, and that funding is available should event for us, and I hope for the students they need it. Georgia has been fantastic. too.”

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SBT Magazine Issue 400 2016

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