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Students equipped for future careers

Students Liam Turner and Gavin Davies, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade members James Muir and Dominic Purcell, and student Danny Brash

Sunderland College students interested in joining the uniformed services are now equipped with the information they need to make the right career choice.

Scores of students attended a Public Services Careers Fair held yesterday (Monday 15 September) at the college’s Washington campus to find out more about working in this area.

They were given expert advice by more than 20 services including the armed forces, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, North East Ambulance Service, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade and St John’s Ambulance.

Sports firms including A1 Sports and Fitness, ACG sports, and Football Futures were also in attendance and offered guidance to students looking to pursue a career within the sports sector.

The event was organised for students who are enrolled on the college’s BTEC Public Services courses and was also open to other vocational and A-Level students thinking about a career in the uniformed services.

Kay Taylor, aged 19, is studying for a Level 3 BTEC in Public Services. She said: “I came to the fair to talk to people who have first-hand experience in public services and also to find out more information about the entry requirements for joining the different services. I want to be a combat army in the medic and I found today very worthwhile and informative.”

The fair gave students the chance to have informal one-to-one conversations with members of the uniformed services, with some organisations also offering students work experience placements.

Liam Turner is 16-years-old and is studying for a Level 2 BTEC in Public Services. He said: “We were given the chance to learn about what it is really like to work in this area and it was very entertaining trying on the equipment. I either want to join the fire service or the army and it was really interesting to find out more about the work experience opportunities available to me.”

Event organiser Chris Tubbrit is a lecturer in the college’s Public Services courses which are specifically designed to give people the specialist skills they need for a career in the uniformed services.

He said: “The careers fair plays an integral role in preparing our learners for careers within Public Services. It’s all about learners getting face-to-face with their potential employers and developing key knowledge and understanding of progression routes into their chosen services.

“Work readiness has been a key focus for us this year and the careers fair has been developed to support this. It allows learners the opportunity to speak to operational crews about work experiences to help them make good decisions about their future careers. The opportunity to engage with employers through work experience is also available through the voluntary based units attending from a range of different public services.”

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