Day in the working world for students at The Deepings School

Year 11 students meet Royal Navy officers Matthew Wardell, Richie Gray and Kevin Matthias at The Deepings School's annual Post-16 options and careers fair.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Year 11 students meet Royal Navy officers Matthew Wardell, Richie Gray and Kevin Matthias at The Deepings School's annual Post-16 options and careers fair. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Students thinking over their next move after GCSE exams next summer experienced an eye-opening day at The Deepings School on Thursday.

About 30 potential employers and training bodies showed what they have to offer to Year 11 students at the school in Deeping St James.

Year 11 students Megan Wellen and Emily Gill find out about National Citizen Service opportunities from Rosella Gugliotta and Frances Pearson. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Year 11 students Megan Wellen and Emily Gill find out about National Citizen Service opportunities from Rosella Gugliotta and Frances Pearson. Photo by Tim Wilson.

There were also presentations by the Royal Navy submarine team, sixth form staff and the increasingly popular National Citizen Service for 16-17-year-olds, with Government figures showing that about 200,000 teenagers will have completed it by the end of 2015.

Linda Taylor, careers and events manager at The Deepings School, said: “We’ve been doing something like this where we invite employers into the school for over ten years and it has evolved to where we now have a whole day when Year 11s get to see the options open to them.

“It’s always good for them to see that we have a lot of strong roots in this area and how we’re trying to retain local talent here.”

Exhibitors included further education colleges, training bodies, employers such as Dalehead Foods, Spalding, whose spokesman said: “It was quite surprising for students to see things in a new dimension when we explained to them what opportunities and potential there is for them.”

It’s always good for the students to see that we have a lot of strong roots in this area

Linda Taylor, careers and events manager at The Deepings School

Richard Pharro of Anne Clarke Associates Ltd, which offers health and social care apprenticeships, added: “The students were a credit to their school and I wouldn’t hesitate to attend its post-16 options careers fair again.”

Students Carla Gray, Lauren Cooper and Phoebe Gordon meet Ayisha Mahmood and Pip the Robot from Greater Peterborough University Technical College which is due to open in September 2016.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Students Carla Gray, Lauren Cooper and Phoebe Gordon meet Ayisha Mahmood and Pip the Robot from Greater Peterborough University Technical College which is due to open in September 2016. Photo by Tim Wilson.