28 February 2019

We were delighted to welcome a number of employers and local colleges into school, on Thursday 28th February 2019, for the year 10 'Take Responsibility Day'. The day incorporated a 'Speed Networking Event' as well as valuable information on interview techniques, skills, apprenticeships and budgeting. The purpose of the day was to raise career aspirations amongst pupils in year 10, as well as enabling pupils to engage with employers. 

This is the first time the school has hosted a 'Speed Networking Event'. A host of employers volunteered their time to talk to groups of pupils. Pupils rotated between employers and were tasked to find out key information, such as skills and qualities required in that industry, find out about jobs within the employers' field and gather other information, which may guide them when thinking about their career. Employers also gave an insight into their own career journeys; they talked about their own backgrounds, the training that they had undertaken and how they had gained employment. All offered a fascinating insight into their roles. Following the event, pupils have been invited to go home and discuss their findings with their parents and carers.

"I'm pleased to say that Archbishop Temple School's inaugural speed networking event was a success," said Mr Gray, Head of Careers. "The conduct of pupils was fantastic. They all engaged with employers really well and found the sessions incredibly useful and informative. We are encouraging pupils to go home and talk to their parents and carers about all the information they have gathered throughout the sessions."

After break, Preston's College, Runshaw College and Cardinal Newman College talked to pupils about training, study and apprenticeship options. Pupils also had the opportunity to learn about budgeting with Cumberland Building Society and gain a greater insight into working for Lancashire Police and in radiotherapy, with Rosemere Cancer Research Radiotherapy Department.  

"Many thanks to all the employers, local colleges and parents/carers who joined us today. The time they dedicated to the event and the wealth of information they imparted was invaluable. I have received lots of positive feedback from pupils and I hope the event was useful for employers to engage with their future workforce."

Many thanks to Adecco, DXC Technology, BAE Systems, Army, DWP, Vodafone, KPMG, James Hall, Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, Marriott Preston, Matiolli Woods, Lancashire Police, NHS, RAF, Training 2000, Cumberland Building Society, Fylde Borough Council, UCLAN, Rosemere Cancer Research Radiotherapy Department, Next Step Careers, Preston's College, Cardinal Newman College, Runshaw College and the parent representatives for attending the event.