Over 300 pupils in Leicester and Leicestershire had the opportunity to network with hundreds of employers at an exciting and very different type of careers event, which took place at Leicester Racecourse on Friday 3rd November 2017.
The students aged between 13 and 18, from twenty local schools/colleges, took part in the region’s largest ever Careers Speed Networking Event organised by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of the Leicester Business Festival.
The morning session saw students ‘speed network’ under timed conditions with employers from a whole host of different businesses and public sector organisations such as Mattioli Woods, East Midlands Airport, Highcross Leicester, Horiba MIRA, Pick Everard, BT , NHS, Santander, Twycross Zoo and Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
This year’s event was sponsored by leading wealth management and employee benefits specialists Mattioli Woods, founded in Leicester and now with offices across the UK.
Its Chief Operating Officer Mark Smith said, “Right from its inception, Mattioli Woods has placed great importance on engaging with young people to help them explore career opportunities.
“To that end, we have developed our own highly successful graduate and apprentice recruitment programmes which have seen many local youngsters go on to discover great opportunities with us”.
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer at The Careers & Enterprise Company said, “It has been a privilege to take part in this motivating event, I have been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved. The Careers & Enterprise Company was set up to bridge the gap between employers and schools and colleges helping students experience the workplace and understand the opportunities open to them.”
“Research shows that those students who have four or more workplace encounters are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training. Events such as today’s play a vital part in helping young people make the transition from education to the world of work and we are grateful to all the organisations taking part.”
The LLEP is looking for Enterprise Advisers to help support local schools and increase engagement with local businesses. To find out more about volunteering to become an Enterprise Adviser, contact Saahera Mahomed, Enterprise Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
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