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Sheffield High hosts Careers Fair with a twist

At a time when the cost of university education is spiralling upwards, Sheffield High School recently held a Careers Fair with a twist.

The aim was to introduce Sheffield High’s students, along with pupils from other Sheffield sixth forms to the range of opportunities that exist for A-level students who don’t necessarily want to spend three or more years at university or, if they do, are concerned about how much this will cost them and whether it will really lead to a worthwhile graduate job.

“There are increasing numbers of employers who are responding to the increase in university fees by offering excellent opportunities for A-level leavers or by linking with universities to provide work placements and sponsorship for undergraduate students.” said Carole Hall, Head of Careers at Sheffield High School. “The problem is that students are not always aware of these opportunities and there is no one place where they can easily find out.”

Mrs Hall spent a considerable amount of time researching the possibilities before inviting employers from the Finance, Engineering, Legal, Construction and Retail sectors as well as universities and private providers offering two-year degree programmes/Higher Apprenticeships. Also present were representatives from Higher Education courses which attract NHS bursaries or which have particularly close links with employers; organisations who support students to make applications to cheaper degree courses abroad and the Year in Industry scheme.

“I was really delighted with the response.” said Mrs Hall, “Over 20 providers were able to attend on the night and many of those who couldn’t come provided information which I was able to display on the Careers table”

The Careers Fair was attended by over 200 pupils and parents. The delegates were clearly impressed by the levels of interest shown by Sheffield students and the intelligent questions they were asking.

“Many of the providers have asked when they can come again – so watch this space!” said Mrs Hall.

The next event at Sheffield High School which is open to students from other Sheffield schools is the Gap Year Fair on Monday 18 March from 7pm to 8.30pm.

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