Luxury car manufacturers Aston Martin and Bentley are among 30 businesses who are the driving force behind a career’s day at Thistley Hough Academy aimed at bringing employers and students face to face.
The full-day ‘inspiration event’ being held at the Penkhull Academy will see employers across a range of sectors ranging from healthcare to education, manufacturing, catering and professional services, take the floor to inform and inspire the young learners about their industries and all the careers opportunities available within them.
All 150 students taking part will also get a chance to have face to face meetings with the VIP guests, look around an Aston Martin and Bentley car, and use the opportunity to secure work experience opportunities.
Sue Greenhalgh, careers adviser at Thistley Hough Academy, said: “Our ‘inspiration day’ offers an amazing chance for students to find out about a whole range of careers, many of which they will never have considered before hearing from these companies.
“Very often we find that by the end of the day many of our students have secured work experience opportunities, purely by meeting employers and talking with them face to face.
“Work experience and creating encounters with employers like this are an extremely high priority for us, as they play a crucial part in helping to bridge the skills gaps here in Staffordshire which is essential for the local economy.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of the employers who are giving their time to this event.”
Among those taking part is Stoke based animation and visual effects studio Carse & Waterman, who have provided Visual Effects for TV Shows like Inside No9 on BBC, Keith & Paddy’s Picture Show on ITV and Alan Carr’s There’s Something About Movies for Sky.
Company director, Daniel Waterman, said: “This year will be the fourth year I have supported Thistley’s dedicated careers day as it’s such a great event to be a part of as it provides quality engagement for so many students to open discussions around careers.
“I feel it’s crucial to support an event like this as we can signpost routes for students into the visual effects, animation and games industry, and to highlight to students and teachers the importance of creative tech jobs and the big role they will play in the future.
“It’s also a great opportunity to raise local aspirations and show students that certain industries they might have thought are beyond their reach, are actually very achievable given the right direction and support.”
Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call to book in and tour the Academy by calling 01782 883500.