Two Days Of Events Focussing On Careers Starts Today

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

Two days of events focusing on post-16 jobs and study options starts today in Scilly.

The annual careers event is taking place at the Five Islands School and will be focusing on students this afternoon.

It’ll be open to everyone in the evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

It’s being organised by Penny Rogers, who says the event’s title, ‘The Next Step’ highlights the significance of the day for students who are preparing to leave Scilly at 16.

She says that it gives year 10 and 11 students and their parents a chance to talk to college staff and find out about courses available.

Penny points out that not all pupils want to go to college, so they have arranged for employers to attend as well.

The military, Scilly-based builders, police, boatmen and the islands’ vet will join staff from the Steamship Company and Tresco Estate in discussing career options.

Then tomorrow, Scilly will be the first place to host a series of events occurring across England to raise the profile of skills, vocational training and apprenticeships.

Mainland and local employers will meet young islanders at the Lifelong Learning Centre for a day of ‘tasters.’

They’ve been designed to give young people the chance to get ‘hands on’ and discover more about work opportunities.

Scilly businesses taking part include the Rat Island Sailboat Company, electrician Colin Downie and the Star Castle Hotel.

There’ll also be a representative from the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The ‘have-a-go’ sessions will last 30-minutes each and include medicine, computing and IT, electrical circuits and a hospitality industry challenge.

Tom Scott told Radio Scilly that Keith Buchanan is bringing a 14-foot boat into the Carn Gwaval centre for the sail making and rigging try-out.

Tom, who coordinates the Council’s Lifelong Learning programme, says you don’t have to do all of the sessions if you don’t wish to, but you will need to call 424880 if you want to attend.