Park Lane Academy

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Careers Convention

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Every March we hold a Careers Convention to which we invite local business, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. 2017 was our seventh convention.
The aim of the event is to raise students’ aspirations and get them to consider a range of different career opportunities.

Year groups 8 to 11 attend the convention and are given the opportunity to visit the stalls, ask questions, collect literature and find out information. 
The events are really interactive, with students from all years being able to try on police and army uniform, interact with animals from Askham Bryan College, try out some welding with Together Housing, practice out their hairdressing skills with various providers, examine old mobile phones with Abzorb telecoms and much, much more!

We are always looking to broaden our range of stalls so if you feel you could support the convention in 2018 please contact Michelle Hogan, Head of Careers on hoganm@parklane.calderdale.sch.uk to discuss.

Careers Convention – quotes from students

“Actually very informative and it made me think about where I want to go after PLLT”

“I enjoyed this event because it helped me think what I want to do when I leave”

“I liked this event because it made me think of what I want to do when I leave school”

“I didn’t like it, I loved it”

“I think it was good because it made me understand more”

“I love to style hair and do advanced make-up and it made me realise what I need to do to reach my goal.”

‘The books I got are helping me think about jobs I want’

‘I think they were very helpful to us and gave me an idea on what to do with my future’

 ‘It helped me a lot because it taught me what they do in the different types of jobs’

Careers Convention – feedback from organisations

It was very well organised and the students were well briefed and very able in the roles they were allocated.  Helpful, polite and interested.  I was impressed and have been telling others about how good I thought it was. (Olwen Edwards – Alexander Technique)

Really enjoyed the event, got more females interested in engineering than I did from males, which is a great bit of news as there is a big push on getting more females into this skill area (Future Skills Academy)

Really good and enjoyable event to be a part of (Calderdale College)

I was hugely impressed by all the pupils.  They were well behaved, well presented, well spoken and polite and asked great questions.  A credit to the school (End2End Admin)

Great event and a credit to the school. (DC Engineering)

I thought the whole event went really well and a good positive impact.  The students responded with interest and intrigue  and hopefully we have captured some of their imaginations (Together Housing)

Your  learners are a credit to you (Exceed training)

Great event! We got to meet lots of young people who were very interested in finding out about our company.  It was a great way to make kids more aware of how chemicals are made and how they are contained in personal care/cleaning products that they use every day.  We felt there was more interest from the younger pupils as they seemed to have more of an idea of what they wanted to do in terms of career, whereas the older pupils were very much keeping their options open. (Surfachem)

Thank you for inviting us and for all the partnership work to date (Kirklees College)

I was made to feel so welcome by all the staff and students who helped carry my boxes/show me to the hall/offered refreshments etc. (University of Leeds)