Big business players teamed up with higher education providers at Sheffield Park Academy’s latest ‘aspiration day’ to showcase what is available to students when they leave school behind and start to plan their future.
The well attended event at the Beaumont Road North site was aimed at year seven to Y13 students from Sheffield Park Academy along with fellow United Learning academies, namely Barnsley, Sheffield Springs and John Smeaton (Leeds).
Information was at hand in the form of personal advice from representatives, and literature to help students understand what could be expected from them when they seek suitable employment or a place to study further within higher education.
An opening address was given by Colonel George Kilburn, Chief Executive of the Company of Cutlers in Sheffield, about the importance of raising aspirations.
More than 300 plus attendees took part in a variety of activities and workshops with representatives from local business and Russell Group universities, looking at requirements for particular careers and at university courses and areas of study.
Amongst the many companies and higher education organisations who gave their time to address students’ questions and concerns were: Barclays, AMRC, Lloyds, Irwin Mitchell, BHP, Nabarro, Work Wise, Emmanuel College Cambridge and Sheffield Chambers of Commerce.
Executive Principal of Sheffied Park Academy, Craig Dillon, said: “As last year’s event was so successful, we decided to repeat it again this year, with a bigger and better format, as well as opening it up to students from United Learning’s other Yorkshire academies.
“Once again, it has proved to be a winning formula, giving those attending plenty of food for thought in respect of career opportunities.”