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Year 10 and 11 students got a real taste of life in the workplace as part of Industry Day when more than 20 employers came to the College.

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Toby Knowles an ex-student, spoke to students about being an apprentice in Engineering Management at Defence Equipment & Support at the MoD.

"It's really nice to be able to come back to school and tell students about what I'm doing - I'm really enjoying it," he said.
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Mark Norman-Ball, Courtney Chance and Emma Brown from Bond Dickinson came to talk to students about careers in the law.
"We have been explaining to students how they can make themselves stand out in what is always a very competitive application process," said Mark.

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 The SWH Group team set our students a marshmallow and spaghetti challenge - to build the tallest structure they could using only marshmallows and spaghetti.
"Events like this are incredibly useful," said Anna Cooper from SWH Group.
"It gives students a real insight into industry and they get the chance to ask people directly about their jobs."

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Sarah Ogorek and Sam Welford from City College's Travel and Tourism team set our students the task of creating their own tourist attraction.
Students created landmarks in foil including the Empire State Building, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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In EN3 students were being put through their paces by third-year student Lauren Johns from Plymouth University's  Nursing Course where they learned to take a pulse and check a temperature.
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 Acacia Training and childcare provider Kiddi Caru came in to deliver a session looking at Early Years and Foundation Stage careers.
Tracey Callan from Kiddi Carru told students about apprenticeships and career progression  in the childcare industry.
"We talked about making sure your CV is of the highest quality and how to approach interviews," said Tracey.
"Your students gave their full attention and it was pleasure to be here."

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In the Sports hall and Dance studio the RAF Outreach Team were highlighting careers in the forces with physical and STEM-related activities for students.
"The students have been brilliant," said Squadron Leader Amanda Scath.
 "They have been loving it and really engaging with the activities and already we are spotting natural leaders.
 "We are sharing with them all the opportunities that an RAF career brings - not just in the job but lifestyle and the chance to travel too."

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Sgt Paul Higgins was overseeing the STEM task and said students had worked "really well".
"The challenge today highlighted the need to work as a team and to communicate as well as thinking creatively," he said.
 "They've done a really good job."

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Another group of students got to learn the "BA Shuffle" from Tim Quiterio, a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service firefighter from Crownhill and the chance to sit in a fire engine.

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This group had a 20-minute presentation from Plymouth Argyle about their Football Education Programme before taking to the pitch in the sunshine.

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"We had 24 employers from 15 industry areas," said Mrs Brooking the College's careers and employability advisor.

 "Each student got to visit two sessions during the course of the morning. 

"They found out about careers and progression routes and in some sessions got the chance to try out an enterprise activity, which demonstrated some of the skills they would need to use. 

"The students learned about the key skills that the employers are looking for, how to search and apply for opportunities and apprenticeships, labour market information and growth employment areas.

"We are very grateful to all the employers who gave their time to make sure our students had such an informative and interesting morning."


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