Students prepare for life after education at careers fair

More than 800 students are better equipped for life after education after finding out about career opportunities available in Hertfordshire at an event on Friday 11 October.

Careers fair

The careers fair - organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the Careers and Enterprise Company, and Roche Products Ltd - took place at Roche headquarters in Welwyn Garden City. More than thirty local and national businesses exhibited, including: MBDA, Brocket Hall, Herts Fire and Rescue, Waitrose and John Lewis, and Lamborghini. Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Sarah Beazley both attended the event.


Year 11 students from Monks Walk, Bishop's Hatfield, Chancellors, Onslow St Audrey's, Stanborough, Ridgeway, Lakeside and Knightsfield attended. The event was the first time local businesses came together to enable secondary schools in the borough to have access to careers information all on one day.


The event was an opportunity for the students to make connections with local businesses, find out what skills businesses look for when recruiting, and what training and apprenticeship programmes they offer. They also spoke with current apprentices to hear first-hand about their experiences.


Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Regeneration, Economic Development and Partnerships, said:

Our careers fair offered students from schools across the borough an insight into the huge range of career paths available locally, at a time when they have some big decisions to make.


We are committed to providing employment and learning opportunities to people starting out their careers. I hope that all of the students who attended left feeling confident about their aspirations, and that speaking to businesses will encourage them to pursue their full potential.


Alex Phipps, Early Research and Development Site Head, Roche Products Ltd., said:

We were delighted to have the chance to welcome the local community to this new event. For the children to learn first-hand about the world of opportunity that awaits them after school is really important so that they can start thinking about their future career decisions ahead of time. We were very grateful to all the businesses that exhibited on the day and made it so memorable for the children.


"Monk's Walk students were delighted to be able to attend the careers fair at Roche. It presented them with a fantastic opportunity to meet future employers from a wide variety of sectors to discuss apprenticeships, training schemes and graduate recruitment. Students and staff are very grateful for Roche for hosting the event, along with the support from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Thank you to all the organisations and companies who have generously made time available to offer invaluable information and advice to the students,"

said Nick Haynes, Assistant Headteacher, Monk's Walk School.