2023 Employability Fair — Solihull Sixth Form College

2023 Employability Fair

Solihull Sixth Form College welcomed representatives from a wide range of industries onto campus recently for the 2023 Employability Fair.

Learners on our BTEC courses, as well as Year 13 employment seekers, attended the Fair to talk to employers about the range of employment opportunities open to them. The event opened with a careers fair in the Sports Hall, at which students were invited to walk around and visit stalls manned by business representatives. A series of talks followed the fair, with learners booking places in advance to hear about careers they had particular interests in.

Among those businesses present at the event were BDO (Accountancy), Deliotte (Accountancy), Gallagher (Construction), Glenn Howells (Architecture), Hilton (Hospitality), Ikon Gallery (Creative Arts), Metro Bank (Finance), PM Group (Engineering), Mott Macdonald (Engineering), Tarmac (Construction) and WPR (Media/Public Relations).Representatives from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council were also present to talk about apprenticeships and Skills for Life, while the NHS and Armed Forces were also represented.

The talks covered a wide range of careers, including Engineering, Law, Business, IT, Media, Teaching and Construction, and enabled students to focus more closely on the employment sectors that they are considering as careers.

Emma Podmore, Careers Leader at the College, commented:

“We are so grateful to all the employers who gave up their time to come in for the benefit of our young people. The aim of this event was to get them thinking about the opportunities available to them after they finish their studies and to develop their employability skills and the presence of so many businesses was a huge aid to that. We even had some former students attending and it was great to see the success they have gone on to achieve since leaving the College.”

Sandra Rowland, Curriculum Leader BTEC Lead, commented:

“BTECs are great courses and the learners taking these qualifications have the choice of progressing onto university, moving onto a Higher Apprenticeship or going straight into employment. With so many prospects open to them, this was an excellent opportunity to get them thinking about their choices and developing some important contacts.”

7 March 2023