The Cornwall Skills Show held at Royal Cornwall showground at Wadebridge was attended by over 3,000 secondary school students and 150 businesses. Businesses were asked to be innovative, interactive and inspirational, ultimately highlighting the wide range of opportunities that students have within the county.
Peter Griffiths from Nalders solicitors attended the day with two other team members, and took part to offer advice and information to students about the legal sector, he found the students engaging and the whole day well worth being a part of. He carried out a quiz asking students about famous legal cases and using it as a starting point for further conversation.
Students also had the opportunity to research their future study options in the Pathways Zone, which featured local colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers.
Student feedback on the day was excellent; Danny Edwards from Brannel School summed up the day: ‘I wanted to come to learn about the different careers and jobs that I could have and it has been a good day.’
The event was organised by Careers Hub Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and supported by Next Steps South West. Careers Hub Cornwall & Isles of Scilly is a CIoS LEP funded project which aims to bridge the gap of knowledge between education and employment.
Carrie Holmes, Careers Hub Manager said, ‘The whole day has been a huge success, support from local businesses has been outstanding and students have gained a great insight into some of their future opportunities in the county. We have had great support from a huge range of organisations to put this event on who deserve a huge thank you.’
We know from our recent research that children are forming stereotypes at the age of seven. We also know that they are abandoning their aspirational careers between the ages of nine and thirteen.