Alternatives to Higher Education were explored last week when The Sixth Form College, Solihull held an Employer Networking Event at the Widney Manor Road campus.
Supported by Solihull Chamber of Commerce and LADDER for Greater Birmingham, the event was aimed at students who are considering employment, apprenticeships or training opportunities other than universities. Parents were also in attendance and they received a talk on apprenticeships by Anne Moore from LADDER.
While parents enjoyed their presentation, students took part in “World Cafe” style roundtable discussions with employers. Those present to offer their expertise included ADI Limited, Cogent, IBM, Marel, Resort World led by Genting and the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors.
Event organiser and Assistant Principal Sonia Wood commented:
“We are so grateful to Solihull Chamber of Commerce and LADDER for Greater Birmingham, as well as all the employers for giving up their time to participate in this event. It was well attended by students and they said they found it a useful exercise. It has given them lots of food for thought as to their options when they finish their studies with us.
“This event is just one part of the excellent careers guidance students receive from the College. The next big careers event is our Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair, which takes place for all Year 12 students on Friday 21 June. We expect to have more than 70 universities and training providers in attendance that day.”
In 2018, 70% of students progressed from the College to university, but more than 9% chose Higher Apprenticeships as their preferred route.
1 April 2019