Pupils Think About Careers


Approximately 180 pupils and parents from Forest, Millais and Tanbridge House schools attended the first Collyer’s “Not Going to Uni” (NG2U) Year 10 and 11 Evening. Welcomed by Collyer’s Principal Sally Bromley, the packed audience posed questions to a panel of experts from industry, during a lively event in Collyer’s Duckering Hall.

The session was managed by Lucy Hargreaves from the college’s Progression Directorate, with help on the night from Collyer’s apprentice Hannah Roberts and current student Beckie Garrick. After the Q&A session, guests were invited to speak to the host of organisations, including: the Army, Assurity Consulting, Chichester University, Grant Thornton; NHS Apprenticeships, Outreach International, RAF, Sigta, Steve Willis Training; Thales, Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic.

Ex Forest pupil Ali Hainsworth, from Grant Thornton, told pupils and parents: “I was sat in the audience at the NG2U event aimed at Collyer’s students last year, which I found hugely inspiring. It’s great that the college is running this event tonight to help to pupils at local schools. I wouldn’t be here tonight representing Grant Thornton on the panel without the careers and employability support I received at Collyer’s!”

Experts on the panel quizzed by the audience were the Army’s Domi Wilkinson, Jordan Stringer from Assurity Consulting, Professor Dave Cooper from Chichester University, Grant Thornton’s Ali Hainsworth; Steve Summers from Outreach International, Adam Sandle  from Red River, Ben Norton from Thales and Claire Henderson representing Virgin.

Each answered questions on areas including apprenticeships, alternative routes, sponsored exams, sponsored degrees and ‘employability’ skills.

Ian McAlister from the college’s Progression Directorate said: “Massive thanks to our speakers and to Lucy Hargreaves for event planning the session so brilliantly. We can’t wait for NG2U event aimed at first year Collyer’s students next month!” 

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