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Ambitions careers event the best so far

Published: Monday, 13 November, 2017

Local businesses, schools and colleges who attended Ambitions, Stroud District Council’s fifth annual careers event, claimed that Wednesday’s event was the best so far.

The daytime event held at Stratford Park leisure centre saw around 1,100 pupils aged 13-14 from seven local schools attend hands-on careers workshops. The sessions were intended to help them think about their future careers and make informed choices about the GCSEs they choose.

David Drew MP opened the free event which was designed to be a stimulating one for pupils as they were able to learn about several different business sectors with hand-on advice from experts in their field. A wide range of employment sectors were represented including construction, hairdressing and beauty, the armed forces and engineering.

Mark McShane, head teacher of Stroud High School said:

"As ever the Stroud Ambitions event lived up to its billing. It was a pleasure to see our Y9 girls engaging in workshops from across the range of industries and organisations present. It is a challenge to help our young people understand the many opportunities available to them in the world beyond school and this event ensures they meet, hear from and experience a whole breadth of careers."

The daytime exhibitors were joined by more businesses as well as universities, colleges and careers advisors for an evening careers event which was attended by around 600 people.

Phil Battrick, managing director of Strategic IT Management Ltd has attended all five Ambitions events. He commented:

“Having been a contributor to this event annually since it started, I’ve seen it go from strength to strength, and improve year on year. Stroud District Council and the participating schools should be congratulated for their continued commitment to running this event. Every student I spoke to told me that they were enjoying the day, and finding the presentations and activities interesting and fun”

His words were echoed by Jamie Underwood, director of Wheatley Printers Ltd:

“We met some very talented individuals at Ambitions that we were able to advise and encourage to follow their interests. The day was organised very well and it was good to be involved and able to give children an opportunity and guidance for the future.”

Cllr Steve Lydon, leader of Stroud District Council, added:

“We’re grateful to our event sponsors which included South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and to all the organisations that attended for giving up so much of their time to provide such a positive experience for the pupils and adult job seekers. Many thanks to all the Stroud District Council staff and members for all their work, and the volunteers for making this possible.”

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