Careers event is valuable for Academy pupils

Berwick Academy students attended a careers fair held by The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust.

Friday, 30th November 2018, 08:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 11:15 am
Berwick Academy students attended a careers event at King Edward VI School in Morpeth.

The event, held on Thursday, featured stands from more employers than ever before, including accountancy firms PWC and Graeme Tennick & Co, law firm Muckle LLP, the NHS, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbrian Water, civil engineering firm ARUP, HR specialists Avec, Faulkner Browns Architects and design and brand agency JUMP.

In addition, students and their parents and guardians could chat to representatives from colleges and universities from across the country.

There was also a full programme of advisory presentations on offer, covering topics including apprenticeships, personal branding, student life and finances, and careers in areas as diverse as nursing, engineering, medicine, film, sport, law and environmental science.

Sarah Flanagan, head of post-16 education at Berwick Academy, said: “It’s been really valuable for us as a rural and isolated school to get access to this range of employers and higher education institutions. We simply couldn’t do this alone, so our ongoing partnership with The King Edward VI School has really been of benefit to my students over a number of years, and this year has been bigger and better than ever before.”

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Mark Fox, careers and employability manager at The Duke’s Secondary School in Ashington added: “I think it’s been a really amazing evening, because there’s something for everyone, so no one has gone home empty handed.”

One Year 12 student at The King Edward VI School, Shannon Brown said: “Tonight has been really good for me because I didn’t really feel I had a clue what I was doing but now I have a plan, and lots of information to go through.”

Exhibitor Graeme Tennick has already got work experience candidates lined up until July 2019 following the night.

He added: “It’s a fantastic event that helps the students to fully get a feel for what businesses are like and what they are looking for, and the various routes forward. We’re looking forward to taking part again next year.”

Event organiser Leanne Johnston, assistant headteacher at The King Edward VI School, said: “King Edward’s Inspires goes from strength to strength, with our partnerships with The Duke’s Secondary School and Berwick Academy continuing to thrive.

“The students and their parents get a lot of benefit from the evening, so we want to thank all of the organisations that have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.”

To find out more about careers advice and guidance at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, visit And to find out more about The Three Rivers Learning Trust, visit