Inaugural careers fair gets school buzzing

One of the many stands visit by students at De Aston's first careers fair EMN-150303-145802001
One of the many stands visit by students at De Aston's first careers fair EMN-150303-145802001

De Aston School’s first 
careers fair has been hailed a success by staff, students and the various stall holders who went along to the event.

The sports hall was filled with career options - from higher education to engineering and uniform services to accountancy.

“The hall has been buzzing with students through the day and there has been some really positive feedback from the exhibitors,” said Dan Willars, head of vocational and careers education at De Aston.

And one of those exhibitors was Lincoln engineering firm Siemens, who brought along with them one of their apprentices, former De Aston student Greg Fussey.

“Greg joined us in 2012 after completing his GCSEs,” said Sarah Ellis, entry level talent co-ordinator for Siemens.

“We take on an average of 15 to 20 apprentices each year and these can be straight from school like Greg, after A-levels from college or older people looking for a change of career.”

And the school was delighted Greg had come back to share his experiences with current students looking for their options.

“It was great for Greg to be able to say to our students - ‘I was here and now I am doing this,’” added Mr Willars.

“The aim of the day was to help year nine students when choosing their options for GCSE and for the older students to help them decide between further education, work and apprenticeships.

“The event was also part of the new career strategy which we started two years.

“This has been evolving over that time and by the end of the year we hope to have achieved the Careers Mark accreditation.”