Inspiring Careers for Slough Students POSTED BY NATALIA ORLOWSKA: FEBRUARY 2019 

On the 6th and 7th of February 2019, Slough Aspire was delighted to sponsor the 2019 Slough Aspire Careers Event, delivered through our partnership with Learning to Work and in collaboration with local and global businesses. Now in its sixth year, this event provided every 13-14-year-old in Slough Borough with the ability to make educated choices about the GCSEs required for their dream job through engagement with business professionals. 
Chief Executive of Slough Aspire, Fiona Jones, said “Creating opportunities for the private and public sectors to come together to inspire the future workforce is at the core of the Slough Aspire endeavour. We are proud to have sponsored the Slough Aspire Careers Event for another year, enabling local young people to set their feet on the path to their future careers and businesses to get to know the breadth of Slough’s future talent.” 
Over 2000 young people from 16 schools came to learn from business volunteers about future options. Whether aspiring to work in Engineering or as a Midwife, or whether just to get ideas about possible careers, the hundreds of business people at their disposal meant there was a fantastic buzz in the hall at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy. 
Hon. Tan Dhesi MP commented “Having started my life in Chalvey and worked in many different sectors, at every level within my own family business, I have seen first-hand the benefits of knowing the scope of careers available; from the construction industry to the Houses of Parliament I have gathered valuable knowledge of the working world. I’m pleased that Learning to Work offers careers awareness events like this, and hope you can carve out a path that meets your aspirations. My thanks go to all the business volunteers who are participating in 2019. Our Borough is thriving with business opportunities and I look forward to meeting both students & businesses at the Slough Aspire Careers Event” 
During the day students had the opportunity to be involved in lively Question and Answer debates with a range of individuals of different business disciplines and varied levels of skills. Students got to hear from Apprentices and Graduates about their routes into employment at the same time as benefitting from entrepreneurs’ insights into how to start your own business. 
Business exhibitor, Niki Yates, said “Arvato UK is delighted to have taken part in this event, allowing us to meet young people and also prepare for our future talent pipeline, which is essential for the growth and success of our business. Once again, this has been a useful careers event for local school children, helping them to understand their options to inform their GSCE choices and future career paths.” 
Josie, Wragg, Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council, said: “Working with our young people to help them make the right GCSE choices for each of them and their futures is excellent. Slough schools already produce some of the best results in the country and by helping set them up for the world of work we are ensuring bright futures for young people. Inspiring our young people isn’t just down to one organisation, one person, one school and this initiative brings together businesses, the public sector with the students of so many schools giving them a superb opportunity to learn from each other when making these big choices.” 
Armed with this new careers, information, advice and guidance curriculum the students left the event energised and enthused about the world of work sooner and empowered to make positive choices about the future they can have in Slough. 
Just some of the fantastic feedback from the students: 
“It helped me a lot and showed me other jobs I never thought of that will suit me” & “Learnt lots about apprenticeships and where I can go after 6th form.” Langley Grammar students 
“Life changing, it made me more confident about what subjects I should pick and how to achieve them” Slough & Eton College student 
“I think I have decided something else that branches off from Computer Science, thanks to BT” Herschel Grammar student 
We’d like to extend enormous thanks and appreciation to all the businesses who sponsored and supported the Slough Aspire Careers Event 2019: 
Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, Jamie’s Catering, Waitrose Windsor, Mr Fruit & Veg, Commonwealth Coaches, Sainsbury’s, Academy of Contemporary Music, Adecco, AIK Saath, Activate Apprenticeships, Arvato, Aston Bond, BAE Systems, Barclays Bank Plc, Bath Spa University, BCA, Berkshire Apprenticeship Service, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Biogen, BPS World, British Army, Brunel University, BT, CISCO, Costain Group Plc, Creative Junction CIC, Dawnus Construction Ltd, Fashion Retail Academy, FM Global, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, GlaxoSmithKline, Go Ape, Henley College, The Pathways to Property (Reading Real Estate Foundation), ICAEW Institution of Structural Engineers, Jacobs, JTL, Kier, KPMG, LLP, Mars Confectionery, Immersive Computing Labs, Nat West, National Citizens Service, National Grid, Osborne, Oxford Brookes University, Pinewood Studios, Projects Abroad, RAF, Reading College, Resource Productions Ltd, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Holloway, University of London, Sarova Hotels - Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa, SEGRO Plc, Slough Urban Renewal, SSE, St Mary's University College, Thames Valley Police, Thames Water Utilities Limited, UCB, University of Reading, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey, Uxbridge College, Verizon UK Ltd (Chartered Institute of Credit Management), The Windsor Forest Colleges Group 
If you’d like to find out more information about how Learning to Work continue to forge links with businesses to help schools reach their full potential using the Gatsby Benchmarks as a basis for their work, visit  
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