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Future Choices Fair

On 10 February 2016, The Weald School opened its doors for its 22nd Future Choices Fair, the flagship event in our rolling careers programme.

On 10 February 2016, The Weald School opened its doors for its 22nd Future Choices Fair, the flagship event in our rolling careers programme.

With over 600 attendees, The Fair was open to students across all year groups. The evening is designed to empower students to make informed decisions about their future choices, whether they are considering apprenticeships, further or higher education or employment.

Throughout the evening, students networked with business professionals gaining first hand insight into entry routes, experience required to break into particular industries along with employability skills and raising awareness of the number of career opportunities available in the world of work.

With a record breaking 55 exhibitors, the Fair showcased employers such as The Printed Word, Microsoft, Thomas Keating Ltd and PMW Communications; Further and Higher Education Institutions Northbrook College, Chichester College, Universities of Oxford, Plymouth College of Art, Kent and of course our very own outstanding Weald Sixth Form; and Apprenticeships Providers Ibstock Brick Ltd, West Sussex County Council and Jace Training

Parallel interactive sessions also ran alongside the exhibition about Apprenticeships, the importance of STEM careers, student finance and careers in IT. 

Mrs Sarah Wilson, Careers and Work Experience Manager at The Weald explained why The Weald places such importance on events like these:

“With so many options and information now available, Future choice planning can be a complicated process.  We want to make it easy and engaging for all students. Along with support from us and their families, its important students take the opportunity to think about their future and take ownership of these big decisions early on. “

First time exhibitor and former student James Tucker from Microsoft echoed Sarah’s comments, “It was a fantastic experience to be back at the Weald after leaving almost 4 years ago. I can remember visiting the Careers Fair myself numerous times and not having a clue what I wanted to do, so it was brilliant to talk to the students and show them just how many options are open to them. It was great to hear from individuals ranging from Year 7 all the way to Year 12 who were excited about the opportunities available, and offer the advice which I wanted to hear when I was in their shoes”

A big thanks to everyone that supported the event, particularly our exhibitors. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!