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Careers Week celebrated with Work and Training Fair

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Richmond upon Thames College held its annual Work and Training Fair on Tuesday 3 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 900 students visited the event and spoke to the various employers about work and training opportunities that are available to them.

Over 30 employers and volunteering organisations were represented on the day including many national companies such as Haymarket, Sky, BT, Costain and Tesco. A number of local companies also attended, including the National Physical Laboratory based in Teddington and corporate hospitality provider Twickenham Experience. 

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A level student Tawana Gilbert-Walters was one of the hundreds of RuTC students to attend the event. "I found the fair really useful as it's opened my eyes to so many potential career opportunities," she said. "I want to be involved in the business side of an organisation and so many of the companies here today have taken the time to explain the roles I could have with them. It's been great!"

One of the busiest stands at the fair belonged to computer games company, Dovetail Games. "It's been fantastic chatting to so many enthusiastic students about their careers," said Talent Attraction Manager, Rob Murray. "At Dovetail, it's not just about programming and art work; we also have key positions in marketing, sales, testing and HR, all of which are vital to the success of the company. Hopefully one day a future Richmond College student could be part of the team and going by the standard of student I've spoken with today, they'd be a real asset."

National Careers Week (2-6 March) 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.

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