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Careers Fair 2024

18/04/2024 Top News

Risedale School Careers Fair Opens Doors to Future Opportunities

Risedale School's annual Careers Fair buzzed with activity on Thursday 18th April, as pupils from all year groups engaged with representatives from further education institutions, local businesses and emergency services. The event, held in the main school hall, aimed to showcase the vast array of career options available to pupils after Risedale.

Throughout the day, pupils rotated between stalls staffed by representatives from Darlington CollegeQueen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, The ASK Programme, Askham Bryan College, Inspiring Choices – York St. John University, Richmond Fire Service, Purple Creative Studio, Newcastle Building Society, Army Youth Outreach, Royal Navy Submarine Service, and North Yorkshire Police.

Each year group had dedicated time to explore the exhibits and engage in meaningful conversations with the providers. Pupils were encouraged to ask questions specific to their interests and career aspirations, taking ownership of their exploration and gathering insightful information directly from representatives across the various educational and professional fields.

"This Careers Fair is a crucial component of our ongoing CEIAG programme," explained Risedale's Careers Leader, Mrs Porritt. "We want pupils to have the opportunity to connect with external providers and employers, learning about different career paths and industries."

Year 9 Pupils Shine

The value of the event resonated with the pupils, particularly Year 9. Mrs Porritt was especially impressed with their recent engagement in school activities that support future career exploration.  This included their completion of Reception Duty, participation in Options Evening and careers interviews, culminating in their active and enthusiastic participation in the Careers Fair.

Careers Fair 2024

"The Careers Fair was fantastic!" shared Omar Secka (9Sandell). "Talking to the various providers was amazing, especially the Fire Service! It was inspiring to speak with people who save lives."

"Trying on the uniforms and getting a closer look at the equipment was great. I really enjoyed it," added James Pollock (9Shephard).

The representatives were equally enthusiastic. "We really find it rewarding participating in events like this at local schools," said Mark Bastow, Crew Manager from North Yorkshire Fire Service. "We help pupils explore potential future careers. They love the interactive aspect, trying on uniforms and handling equipment. Even if they're not considering the Fire Service now, it plants a seed for the future."

A Team Effort

The success of the Careers Fair extended beyond just the pupils and exhibitors. Helen Porritt also took the opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions of the school staff.

"A huge thank you to all involved in yesterday's event, especially the Office staff and Site Team at the start of the morning, getting all the providers settled before the start," Helen expressed in a message to the staff.  "Our guests were really impressed with their efficiency."

"I am incredibly grateful to both our pupils for their enthusiasm and the participating exhibitors for their time and insights," concluded Risedale's Careers Leader, Helen Porritt.


Check out the audio link below to hear Helen Porritt on BFBS Catterick Radio discussing the Risedale School Careers Fair (22/04/2024):


For more information on our Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme, please CLICK HERE.

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