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It’s all about having options

 January 17 2017 | Views: 1212

Kent and Medway

Leigh Academy, Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy, recently held their first joint Trust year 8 options day in preparation for students choosing their GCSE subjects.

620 students participated in a whole day business style exhibition hosted at Princes Park, home of Dartford Football Club.

The aim of the day was to encourage students to consider study options in relation to possible future career aspirations. Exhibitors came from a wide range of industries including the armed forces, recruitment, the NHS, sport, engineering, hair and beauty and construction. In addition, a number of exhibitors were able to advise on apprenticeships and entry into the professions.

In providing exhibitors from a variety of sources, students also benefitted from the participation of several Trust departments- LAT Train to Teach, LAT Graphic Design and the LAT Business Managers.

We were also fortunate in having the participation of Canterbury Christ Church University to advise on University life, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) ambassadors and two Leigh Academy alumni who now own their own businesses- Ragbhir Sandhu of Mobile Bar Hire Ltd and Carl Lincoln of Wiser Wealthier.
Comments from the STEM Ambassador on the day:

Weald Technology had a very busy time at the LA Trust Year 8 options day. We were promoting careers in Engineering and Design and spoke with a lot of students – some who already knew this was a career they wanted to pursue and others who we’re simply interested in finding out more about it. I hope they all went away with a clearer picture of what the possibilities are in engineering careers and the subjects they need to focus on” Phil Edwards- Weald Technology, STEM Ambassador

We would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution to events such as this by STEM ambassadors:
Canterbury Christ Church University operating as Kent & Medway STEM coordinates the South East of England STEM Ambassador Hub to help inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Feedback from the academies and students was good. This included:

People were knowledgeable and willing to take the time to talk to you. They were very patient. Year 8s felt like they were the right age for this, at the right stage in their lives.

If you would like to organise a Careers Fair/Talks in your school we are able to help support the event with STEM Ambassadors. They have the knowledge and expertise working in STEM fields where they enrich students’ knowledge and talk to them the different pathways available and inspire the next generation. Please email us and more than help to help:



If you would like The STEM Hub to help organise an event like this for your school/setting then please contact us today:
Tel: 01227 782662

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