Businesses open their doors to inspire more than 300 students

For the third year running, businesses across the district opened their doors to students as part of the Work Inspiration Week programme, organised by E3 Bradford. The aim of the programme was to inspire the students about their future careers and inform them of the job opportunities available.

During the week, which ran from 27th April to 1st May, 19 businesses, in industries including engineering; retail; utilities; chemicals; public relations; travel and tourism; banking and finance; and construction, welcomed students from eight secondary schools, two primary schools and two Further Education providers. Twenty three separate visits took place, with businesses conducting site tours, delivering presentations, conducting ‘question and answer’ sessions and engaging the students in practical activities.

Sue Mason, Careers Coordinator at Beckfoot School commented about their visit to Gordons LLP: “The students gained inside knowledge of the process of the company.  They were given excellent information about the subjects they required and the degree they needed to do and the result required.  It definitely motivated the Year 11 students to think that they could choose either the apprenticeship route or University route. They had many questions which were all answered well by the staff.  The visit was definitely worth it and also helped me understand more to enable me to pass on to students in the future. I also have links with the company and hope to engage with them again.”

Bradford and Leeds based commercial law firm, Schofield Sweeney was the lead sponsor of Work Inspiration Week 2015. Graham Sweeney, Operations Director at Schofield Sweeney commented: “We are pleased to be able to support Work Inspiration Week and the work of E3 Bradford. As a local employer looking to develop local talent, we are keen to make sure that all students across the Bradford District have the best information about the career opportunities that are available to them, and the diversity of routes to those careers that exist. Work Inspiration Week also helps open the eyes of students to career paths they may not have known about before.”

E3 Bradford is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

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Pic: Students from Beckfoot School and Tong High School at Gordons LLP