From accounts to apprenticeships, smoothies to supply chains, school pupils were given the opportunity to consider their future careers at an extraordinary event, Aspiring Futures.
More than 500 pupils attended the careers extravaganza, which took place at Hull University Business School. The event was organised by Hull business class cluster of Business in The Community.
Olga Watterich, Head of Community for Yorkshire & Humber at BITC:
It’s so important for young people to have a good understanding of what skills and qualifications are needed to get a job in today’s marketplace.
‘Aspiring Futures’ has given hundreds of young people from Hull an insight into the world of work and first-hand experience of employers and education providers in the area, giving them a greater understanding of what opportunities are out there.’
Entrepreneur and Business School graduate, Phil Benson, who is co founder and director of Xing Smoothies, welcomed the 12 to 14-year-olds to the event, encouraging them to think about their options for the future. He advised:
Follow your heart, develop your passion and don’t settle for the bare minimum’
In workshop sessions, the year 8 and 9 pupils were introduced to the variety of career and progression paths which are available within organisations such as Aunt Bessie’s, Catch 22, GI Group, and logistics education at the Business School. A host of other organisations were available to give advice on apprenticeships, vocational courses, foundation learning, A levels, employment, volunteering and enterprise.
Professor Terry Williams, Dean of the Business School, said:
The Business School was delighted to have this opportunity to host the Business in the Community Aspiring Futures event and to welcome so many local school pupils and regional business organisations into our university.
There was a real buzz and the pupils seemed excited by what they have seen and heard. I hope many of them will be inspired to take their education further and to become business leaders of the future.
The University places great emphasis on its role as an anchor institution in the region, and Business in the Community gives us a great opportunity to bring schools and businesses together.
It has been a pleasure to host the event and to see the initiative so well supported by regional business. We look forward to similar events in the future.
The event was attended by pupils from Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Sirius West, Sirius North, Newland School for Girls and Malet Lambert School.
The event was supported by Humber ebp and the University of Hull.