Students at Avon Valley College, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, spent the day recently finding out about a range of different career paths.
Almost 200 pupils took part in Skills Day where they were able to meet representatives from a range of providers and businesses, including the army, the fire service, the NHS and Wiltshire College.
“This is the first time that we have held an event of this scale at Avon Valley College, said Mandy Weyers, Coordinator of Work Related Education and Safeguarding at AVC. “It was held as part of our careers education programme to get our students thinking about alternative career paths and encouraging them to broaden their horizons.”
Students were able to go round and talk to the different representatives and in some cases try out a new skill.
Year 9 student, Kyron Burr got to hold a snake. “The animal care stand was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I got to do things I wouldn’t normally get to try.”
Jade Blandford, a Year 10 student agreed it was extremely interactive. “It showed a lot of different career paths that I would never have thought of before.”
Trying on the fire suit from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue was the highlight of Year 9 student Lucy Greenhow’s day. “I really enjoyed trying on the fire suit. It was interactive and I didn’t realise how heavy it was going to be.”
If you are interested in finding out what AVC can offer prospective students then go along to its open day on July 11.
Providers/businesses who took part:
Wiltshire College Animal Care Department
Wiltshire College Travel and Tourism Department
Wiltshire College Motor Vehicle Department
Wiltshire College HNC/HND Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
Wiltshire College Beauty Therapy Department
The Royal Navy
Bournemouth University Paramedic, Nursing and Social Work Department
Reading University Pathways to Property Department
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue – Complete with Fire Engine