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‘Constructing Careers for the Future’.

Students from Year 10 and Year 11 travelled to the Detling showground in Maidstone to spend a day working with employers from the Construction and Engineering industries. The event was organised by Medway Education Business Partnership and CXK and was held in the same location alongside a major Construction industry exhibition. 

After an introduction and first key note speech from the project Director of Weald Technology on zero-emission Motorsport, each student took part in four sessions, comprising of: two facilitator led workshops with employers from a range of construction and engineering professions followed by a careers guidance session with CXK and a tour of the Expo show in the main exhibition area. 

The careers event culminated with a memorable key note speech from Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world-renowned explorer who shared his experiences and stories about his school life and training in the army and the challenges he faced during several expeditions to the North and South poles. He demonstrated to students his incredible physical and mental strength and his endurance and resilience in the face of extreme climate conditions and the many dangers on the expeditions he undertook. His key message to the students was with the right motivation to succeed, you can achieve the impossible and realise your dreams.

John Drinkwater, Hugh Christie’s Career Advisor said,” it is vital to give young people every exposure to the opportunities that are developing for the future of careers in many different professions on offer in UK. The construction, manufacturing and electronic sectors are vibrant and growing in importance in Kent and across the country. A new UK-wide initiative has been launched called ‘Construction Excellence’ which promotes the 186 different jobs which are currently available in the construction industry”.

All students said that they had enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal about the opportunities in the construction and engineering professions and particularly appreciated the opportunity to visit the exhibition on the main showground.

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