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​‘Remarkable’ students organise their own careers fayre

11th October 2016
Mansfield

‘Remarkable’ students organise their own careers fayre

Students at the Mansfield’s Queen Elizabeth’s and All Saints schools organised and ran their own careers fayre, after persuading businesses and local authorities to take part.


The idea for the fayre was bought about following a meeting with the Maun Valley Citizens’ group, along with Mansfield’s executive mayor, Kate Allsop and representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Students were able to discuss their concerns with the mayor, one major issue being the amount of ‘real life’ experience they receive during school. All of the parties involved agreed that setting up a day where pupils could network with company bosses would be beneficial.

The students then organised the event which took place in the main hall at the Queen Elizabeth Academy. Lyndsey Bland, a teacher at the school said: “The students felt there wasn’t enough jobs and opportunities for them, and I think that by getting that relationship built, it stands them in good stead for when they move on out of school.”

Mansfield’s executive mayor, Kate Allsop said: “These students have worked really hard, lots of us have helped to get businesses here to come and talk to them, and it’s a fabulous event for the children to have.”

Queen Elizabeth’s acting academy director, Helena Brothwell said: “Isn’t it remarkable what they’ve achieved! This is completely student led, and student organised following a listening project with the Maun Valley Citizens, and this is directly responding to community need.”


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