19/07/2012 by mcma
On Tuesday 17th July, MCMA’s Girls Site played host to Future First, a careers fair for Year 10 Pupils. The event allowed pupils to focus on their future, with lots of information, advice and guidance about jobs, college, university and apprenticeships.
A wide range of occupations and businesses were represented, including MCMA’s sponsor The Manchester College, which provided information on a range of subject areas and courses from A Levels to Construction and Beauty Therapy.
Reg Chick and Bernie Murray from Skills Solutions gave pupils the low down on Apprenticeships, a popular alternative to college, which allow you to earn while you learn. Several students identified areas they’d like to work and both Skills Solutions and the Academy will work together to help make this happen.
KPMG, the Academy’s business in the community partner and one of the World’s largest Auditing firms, gave great support as usual sending several experts from the world of finance to highlight the benefits of a career in the sector.
Higher Education information was provided by Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University, Amy and Claire gave pupils information on a wide range of courses including how to get on a medical degree.
The uniformed services were well represented as usual with the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Marines present. Pupils were given a flavour of military life and information on how to pursue a career in the services.
Lend Lease, multinational construction firm and builder of MCMA’s iconic new campus attended with several representatives, illuminating careers ranging from construction management to Quantity Surveying.
Managers from Tesco’s new superstore on Victoria Avenue East came to highlight the range of opportunities available in retail management.
Mantra Training attended and showcased the opportunities they offer in the fields of Logistics, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Warehousing. These are areas with skills shortages and offer great opportunities and financial rewards.
Paul Spencer of Manchester Working gave pupils an insight into his important role and responsibilities as a Financial Controller. Manchester Working is a corporate partner of Business in the Community.
Eileen Gill and the NHS gave massive support to the event with a large range of Health Professionals present including; Health Visitors, Dental Nurses, District Nurses, Public Heath Representatives and School Nurses. Student Nurses also came to give information on the training process.
Connexions were represented by Katie Marrett, who discussed her own educational journey and how she became a Personal Advisor as well as giving more general careers advice.
Pupil feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One Year 10 pupil commented that Future First was “100% Good”. While another added that he thought the best thing about the day was the “good advice”.