Good Attendance For This Year’s Careers Convention

Around 35 employers and educational institutions attended yesterday’s Careers Convention at the Five Islands School, with some representatives travelling from as far away as Shropshire.

A wide range of organisations was represented at the event including a few local employers such as The Steamship Company as well as mainland schools and colleges.

Amy Meyers from Truro and Penwith College says there was a lot of interest in apprenticeship schemes, which allow students to learn while they work, and added that the Government is putting a lot of money into these programmes at the moment.

More specialist colleges, such as Falmouth Marine School were also represented. John-Paul Eatock from the school told us they’re a popular choice with students from Scilly and many of their pupils have gone on to careers in marine engineering or water sports.

All three armed forces attended the convention this year and their stands proved popular. Nick Nichols from the Royal Air Force said that, contrary to news reports, they were recruiting and are keen to offer careers to the many “gifted pupils” in the Scillies.

The Council is offering cash to help students with the cost of travel to the mainland when visiting colleges, says Helen McGuiness. The £120 grants can be used for travel costs including fares and hotels.

Organiser Penny Rogers told us she was pleased with how the event had gone and was also delighted with the new venue. She also thanked Beryl Read and her “team of ladies” who provided an evening meal for the delegates so they wouldn’t need to leave the site to find dinner.