14 February 2020

Stoke Damerel Community College is holding a careers fair on 3 March - nothing very unusual about that, you might think, only this particular careers fair is for the parents and carers of students.

The event is aimed at parents who may be returning to the workplace having spent time looking after their children, or parents who are looking to move jobs. It is open to parents and carers of students at our College and at our Multi Academy Trust’s other two schools, Scott College and Montpelier Primary.

Several local companies and recruitment agencies will be there to advertise their current vacancies, along with our Enterprise Ambassadors from Babcock, who will have entry level and graduate level opportunities.

The Army will also be attending, to talk about joining the reservists, while City College Plymouth will be advertising their courses for those looking to acquire new skills and vocational qualifications.

There is the opportunity to have a free CV written by the National Careers Service or have a free career guidance session with one of their qualified Level 6 advisers. Staff from Job Centre Plus will also be on hand, offering the chance to talk in an environment away from the office.

Careers and Employability Manager at the College, Miss Trezona, said: “This is the first time we have held a careers fair for our parents and carers, and we are delighted that so many organisations and employers will be coming to the event.

“It is important to us that we are as supportive as possible for the whole family unit of our students. We hope this event proves successful - we are expecting the evening to be quite busy.”

Parents and carers are welcome to turn up on the day between 4.30 and 6.30pm, but 1-2-1 appointments for career guidance and CV writing should be booked in advance through Miss Trezona, at strezona@sdcc.net.

Principal Anita Frier said: “We felt: why not give our parents and carers in our community an opportunity to consider other career choices for themselves and get advice from local businesses? After all, people no longer have to remain in one career for life, and there are so many choices and career routes available.”

The careers fair for parents and carers is part of a programme of events at the College during National Careers Week from 2-6 March. We have wide-ranging career sessions lined up for our students throughout the week - here is little taster:

Monday 2nd March:

  • Year 11 assembly on Level 3 progression routes by Next Steps South West
  • Careers fair for Year 9-13 in the main hall

Tuesday 3rd March

  • Year 10 assembly on Level 3 progression by Next Steps South West
  • ‘Meet an author’ event in The Library.
  • Parents careers fair

Wednesday 4th March

  • Visit to Plymouth University Law Department by students from Years 10-13
  • Royal Navy Officer - careers talk for Sixth Formers

Thursday 5th March

  • National Careers Show 

All Week:

  • All Sixth Form lessons will have a careers element.