A Morpeth school has welcomed hundreds of students and parents from across the county to its biggest and best careers event yet.
King Edward’s Inspires, which is now in its fifth year, is an annual careers fair that takes place at King Edward VI School – part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust.
And this year’s event featured stands from more employers than ever before.
Representatives from accountancy firms PWC and Graeme Tennick & Co, law firm Muckle LLP, the NHS, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbrian Water, civil engineering firm ARUP, HR specialists Avec, Faulkner Browns Architects and design and brand agency JUMP were present, among others.
In addition, students and their parents and guardians could chat to representatives from colleges and universities from across the country.
There was also a full programme of advisory presentations on offer covering topics including apprenticeships, personal branding, student life and finances, and careers in areas as diverse as nursing, engineering, medicine, film, sport, law and environmental science.
As well as the Morpeth students, a coachload of additional pupils came along from Berwick Academy and families from The Duke’s Secondary School in Ashington were welcomed.
Leanne Johnston, KEVI assistant headteacher who organises King Edward’s Inspires, said: “This careers event is going from strength to strength, with our partnerships with The Duke’s Secondary School and Berwick Academy continuing to thrive.
“Both the students and their parents get a lot of benefit from the evening, so we want to thank all of the organisations that have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.”
Exhibitor Graeme Tennick has already got work experience candidates lined up until July 2019 following the night.
He said: “It’s a fantastic event that helps the students to fully get a feel for what businesses are like and what they are looking for, and the various routes forward.”
Shannon Brown, a Year 12 student at KEVI, said: “Tonight has been really good for me because I didn’t really feel I had a clue what I was doing, but now I have a plan and lots of information to go through.”