John Hanson Community School recently staged a Careers Fair involving 19 local employers and 7 colleges. Students from Year 11 attended the event in the morning visiting the many stands in the school hall, finding out key information, picking up leaflets and documents and talking to the employers and college lecturers about their future plans and interests. Prepared through their PSHE lessons, students asked questions about the represented jobs, and which skills and qualifications, including GCSEs, they would need. They also discussed their next routes in education with post 16 college representatives.

The event is part of the school’s careers education and guidance programme which includes specialist PSHE lessons, access to an independent careers advisor, careers led tutor sessions, psychometric testing websites, careers information evenings, work experience, careers related trips as well as visits from guest presenters.

During the course of the morning students also attended a talk by Alan Bullock, an independent careers consultant, speaker and writer, who offered the students a unique and distinctive style presentation. Students were able to speak to him separately after the presentation about their own particular interests and the best routes to follow.. Students from Rookwood School were also invited to attend and were warmly welcomed to the Fair.

In the afternoon the Careers Fair doors were opened to the Year 9 students to allow them to start to explore future employment and training opportunities. In Year 9 students make choices about subjects they wish to study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and the fair provided the students with a focus on the requirements of future college courses, apprenticeships and employment.

Tim Valjak, the school’s careers co-ordinator, said “The Careers Fair for our Year 11, and Year 9 students was the perfect opportunity to continue planning for their future careers. It was fantastic to see how our students seized the opportunity to learn about different professions and how to enter the world of work. From the feedback I got from employers, I would not be surprised if this networking opportunity would lead to future jobs for our students.”

For more information, please contact the school’s careers coordinator Tim Valjak (

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