Celebration with local business leaders
Worthing High School recently held an event for local business leaders and industry professionals. The event was to celebrate a year of their support to Worthing High School students helping with Careers choices and Employability skills.
Worthing High School recently held an event for local business leaders and industry professionals. The event was to celebrate a year of their support to Worthing High School students helping with career choices and employability skills. Many companies were represented.
‘It is a pleasure to engage with local schools. Worthing High School is an exemplar in promoting careers and employability skills to their students to ensure they are fully equipped for working life’. Lorraine Brockhurst - HMRC
A group of students attended the event as hosts and they all spoke about their experiences of partner events including work experience in Year 10. They also ensured that the visitors were put at ease as for some of them it was their first time in a school since they left a number of years ago! Worthing High sees student leadership as a key employability skill and this event helped to build students confidence in meeting new people.
“It was a great experience meeting the business partners. I was really interested in finding out about their professions and businesses and I was surprised by how diverse they were. I feel the conversations helped me understand more about how I can help myself in my career pursuit.”
Worthing High School has a pathway of events throughout the year which include Business Enterprise Days for Year 7 and The Tenner Challenge for Year 8. These events help to plant the seeds of entrepreneurialism in to the minds of the young people allowing them to experience the World of Work with the support of local business partners. In later years’, students have more specific events aimed at supporting them to make informed choices for their future education and career pathways.
“I really enjoyed meeting the Business Partners and hearing about their own career pathways. I learnt about the importance of networking during the talk by Luke Brice from Blueline Security. He was our business mentor at the Year 7 Business Enterprise event. He made me realise the importance of working together in support of each other.”
Alice – Year 8 student.
“It is really important to put something back in to society as a company and as a person.” Luke Brice Blueline Security
Peter Webb from ETI spoke about his year as a Business Partner and how his role has developed covering mentoring students, taking assemblies and helping to coordinate Enterprise Days.
“It was my first time at a Worthing High business event. I was extremely impressed by the eloquence and confidence shown by the pupils. What an amazing experience for students who will benefit from meeting the Business Partners in the future and for years to come!”
Liana Naylor - Inside Worthing Magazine.
Worthing High School is looking forward to further events like this which will help promote employability skills including student leadership, build a supportive network of industry champions and celebrate success across the whole community.
“It was a great event. I loved meeting the students who networked with confidence which is a key skill required in many businesses today and your students managed themselves very well.”
Frances Wetherilt - Here & Now Media
“An excellent and inspiring session, focused on encouraging local business owners to engage with the school, I will certainly be taking part in future projects.”
Jim Cunliffe - Face Media Group
“We are really proud to have such positive links with our Business Partners, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise that really does help and support our student Career aspirations and employability skills.”
Pan Panayiotou – Head teacher Worthing High School