Glenthorne School Visit
Designed to open student’s eyes to a variety of different careers and future pathways, including further education and alternatives to University, Zoe was invited to talk about Fashion Enter’s training opportunities, in particular the Apprenticeship Programme, traineeships and possible job opportunities with Fashion Enter Ltd, sister company to www.fashioncapital.co.uk
A full-on day, students arrived at 8:30 for a 9am start, to take part in 4 activities throughout the day, covering a variety of different career-related topics and activities, the agenda for the day was as follows:
Speed Careers – A speed dating-style workshop, students had the opportunity to sit with employers and fire questions, about their role, their company and how to get into the industry.
Financial Literacy – Delivered by Barclays Bank, students were given day to day, yet important information on all things money, from owning a debit/credit card, accounts to writing a cheque.
Shelters – Delivered by Jeremy King, (JK Engineering), an active design workshop was created to give students an insight to science and engineering through practical activities.
Apprenticeships – Another chance to sit down directly with employers, students took part in an informative introduction workshop to apprenticeships, before having the opportunity to meet current apprenticeship employers and ask any questions they may have about the programme.
Zoe took part in the apprenticeship workshop, flying the flag for fashion and textiles apprenticeship programme. Zoe, who has recently completed the apprenticeship programme herself, was onsite to give students a direct insight to the programme, using a variety of case studies and sharing her own personal experiences of being an apprentice in the fashion world.
Beginning the workshop with an informative presentation and Q&A, it was a number of the students first time hearing about the apprenticeship programme, showing interest in the practicality of the roles and the companies on board the apprenticeship programme, a popular talking point was how the apprenticeship programme can progress into future careers, using the examples of famous celebrities that launched their career via an apprenticeship.
“The Glenthorne Aspirations Day was definitely one of the most well-organised career workshops I’ve attended, it was great having a workshop completely dedicated to speaking about and spreading the word of apprenticeships, as well as the opportunity to meet so many different students – we had a good mixture of both girls and boys, which is a change!” Zoe Barrow
“I’m sure you will be pleased to know that Zoe had a healthy number of “customers” throughout each workshop and proved to be a very good ambassador for your industry. I would be very keen to invite Zoe (or colleagues) to similar events in the future.” Chris Jones, Manager at Sutton Education Business Partnership
Over 50% of the students reported that the day had given them a strong idea of the work and career they would like to progress into the future, and 28% of students reported that once finishing school they would be interested in going on to take part in an apprenticeship.