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Students motivated by UK’s biggest jobs fair

Business students have said their visit to Skills London was extremely beneficial and has motivated them to do the best they can on their BTEC course.

The group of 60 students were taken to the Excel Centre in the Docklands by tutor Theresa Hughes for the biggest jobs and careers fair for young people in the UK.

Theresa said: “This was a great opportunity for the students to engage with potential employers. There were over 200 exhibitors there, representing some of the biggest companies in the UK.

“More and more companies are now offering higher and degree level apprenticeships, with around 27,000 being created last year. Students from Havering Sixth Form are well placed to take advantage of these opportunities which offer a real alternative for those not wishing to go to university. They enjoyed the day and it gave them a break from class-based learning.”

The students said it was a valuable trip and helped with their professional development, giving them the chance to speak to different companies and gather information about jobs and training schemes they otherwise would not have known about.

One said: “The skills and careers fair was really beneficial. It provided a sense of motivation and has made me want to try harder in order to achieve my aspirations and the grades that I need to move on to a good apprenticeship. I also gained some contacts and offers of work experience.”

Another said: “The trip was both motivational and educational. I learned a lot and got the chance to talk to some big businesses and see what opportunities they offer for students like us when we leave college.”