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Students’ first step on the career ladder

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Richmond upon Thames College held its annual Work and Training Fair on Tuesday 4 March as part of National Careers Week - a celebration of careers guidance and opportunities across the UK.

Organised by the College's careers staff, this year's fair was attended by a record number of students and employers. Throughout the day, over 800 students visited the event and spoke to the various employers about work and training opportunities that are available to them.

Over 31 employers and volunteering organisations were represented on the day including many national companies such as Haymarket, the BBC, British Airways, Nuffield Health, CISCO and the armed forces.

Richy Clatworthy from the Army said, "I'm very appreciative of the invite to the College's Work and Training Fair. It's been a fantastic day and certainly worth it. The students are a credit to the College."

Ruby Reynolds, representing BT, added, "Today has been a good opportunity for students to see what's available. There is more of an emphasis on jobs and apprenticeships now."

A number of local companies also attended, including the National Physical Laboratory based in Teddington, Harlequin Football Club in Twickenham and Way to Work in Richmond.

Business student, Emma Carr, said, "Before coming to the Fair, I was thinking more about going to university but after speaking with British Airways and CISCO, I am now considering the possibility of doing an apprenticeship in project management."

National Careers Week (3-7 March) was organised by Careersinfo in partnership with Barclays. It is a UK-wide celebration of careers information, advice and guidance, developed to encourage education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers to provide careers activities. It aims to inspire schools, academies and colleges to offer careers advice and guidance, highlighting the free resources and support available, while at the same time, inspiring employers to connect with young people.

Henry Medhurst, who is currently studying a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Interactive Media, said, "The Work and Training Fair was really interesting; it's been an inspiration for many students who are looking for jobs and has helped lots of students find relevant weekend work which will develop their employment skills for the future."

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