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Downing Street reception to support new work experience initiative

A reception at 10 Downing Street was attended by Havering Sixth Form College’s World of Work Advisor Kay Williamson in support of the charity Speakers for Schools and their Next Generation programme.

The event was hosted by Robert Peston, the Political Editor of ITV News and presenter of the weekly TV discussion show Peston on Sunday. He is also the founder of Speakers for Schools.

The evening brought together leading figures from industries who speak in schools, organisations who have hosted work experience students and also staff, like Kay, who have used the programme.

Kay said the reception was a great chance to network with people who are using the Next Generation Work Experience programme, which through her work in the College’s CUBE (Careers, University, Business Links and Employment) has provided students with great opportunities.

She said: “The evening was really enjoyable. I met a few speakers, including Howard Kerr, the Chief Executive of BSI and Andy Chew, the former Managing Director in Cisco UK and Ireland. It was a lovely atmosphere and very interesting to see what the inside of 10 Downing Street looks like!”

Kay said the College has had two students take part in work experience via the Speakers for Schools Next Generation initiative. One went to the Bank of England for a work placement and the other went to Reed Smith.  Other students have also been offered insight days with Mediacom.

Speakers for Schools is a national charity which helps inspire state school students with free talks and top work experience. It is supported by many leading industry experts.

Pictured are some of the speakers who attended the Reception outside No 10 Downing Street

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