Aspirations Day inspires Vale students

Vale Academy student Alex Nightingale (Year 11-left) talks to Aimee Yeomans and Helen Rudge from School Partnership Trust Academies at the successful careers event. EMN-151126-063334001
Vale Academy student Alex Nightingale (Year 11-left) talks to Aimee Yeomans and Helen Rudge from School Partnership Trust Academies at the successful careers event. EMN-151126-063334001

Eyes were opened to a large numbers of careers during a busy day at a Brigg school.

The Vale Academy’s Aspirations Day was attended by 32 small and large businesses who advised around 600 students on their post 16 options.

Principal Nicola Williams thanked everybody who had made it such a successful event.

“The idea was to show the students the variety of career possibilities available in our area across a large number of business sectors,” she said.

“It was an outstanding opportunity for all our students to see the numbers of options available.

“The students were buzzing with ideas and we are extremely grateful to the many businesses and people who gave their time to make it such a success. The students were inspired.”

The event enabled Years 10, 11 and sixth formers to investigate pathways into careers and network with local businesses.

Years 8 and 9 also attended, helping them find out information about various careers.

Organiser Richard Hearfield said: “It was lovely to see how the students engaged with all the businesses who attended, asking intelligent questions, keeping an open mind and being inquisitive.

“They were also polite and respectful to all the attendees and we had some really positive feedback about our students.”

The event also went down well with students.

Dade Topliss, who’s in Year 8 and lives in Brigg, said: “I always wanted to design computer games and now I know what subjects I need to choose for my options to do this.

“They also told me how to get apps to practice with the sort of computer language used.”

Year 11’s Oliver Swallow, from Barnetby, had not realised how many local companies offered apprenticeships.

“They were not all about engineering,” he said. “It has given me more contacts with companies to apply to and has me thinking about careers other than engineering and different branches of engineering.”

Dani-Louise Winson, a Year 9 student also from Barnetby, described the day as “great” and said there had been a “fantastic selection of different careers”.

“It was good to talk to real people who are doing those jobs to find out what you actually do in them,” she said.

“The leaflets were very informative and useful as you could take them home and discuss things with your parents afterwards.”

Mr Hearfield added: “The local businesses were brilliant giving up so much time for our students and being really patient with, and informative to, them.”