Years 9, 10 and 11 get the lowdown on work at MCMA’s Autumn Careers Convention

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19/10/2012 by mcma

17th October 2012

Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 got a flavour of different jobs yesterday in a career convention that challenged stereotypes and offered sound careers information, advice and guidance.

The event was split along two along two themes; Construction and Healthcare, along with information on further education progression routes.  The construction side of things was organised by Michele Smith of Manchester City Council and Healthcare by Karene Stevens of the NHS.

The range of construction firms involved NG Bailey, one of the UK’s leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services business. Highwire Ltd who are a Height Safety Specialist company, that carry out work on refurbished and new build projects also attended providing an informative display of the mechanisms required to work safely at heights.

Long-time Academy collaborator Laing O’Rourke, Britain’s largest privately owned construction firm gave information on internships, apprenticeships and graduate programmes, highlighting the global nature of the industry.

Gold was the main attraction which drew many students to investigate Heritage Project Management, which co-ordinates the refurbishment of Listed Buildings.  Asked to correctly identify real gold leaf (used in refurbishment) from imitation, most MCMA pupils correctly identified the precious metal.

On the Healthcare side of the event, careers in Dental Nursing were given a great boost with several attention grabbing activities.  Pupils were able to use dental equipment to simulate the work of a dental hygienist, investigate fillings, in addition to getting some good tips on dental hygiene.

Karene Stevens and Eileen Gill from Charlestown Clinic gave a great insight into community healthcare, with activities such as measuring body mass index.

MCMA’s sponsor The Manchester College attended, providing lots of useful information on further education courses.

Overall the event was thought a resounding success.

(Steve Leach)

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