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Suggested Age Range: 13-14
Type of Activity: Careers Event

On the 9th May 2019 Classic Builders visited Fowey River Academy in Cornwall to participate in an exciting and engaging careers event for Year 9 Students.


Coordinated by Louise Ghillyer, Fowey’s Careers Leader with the support of David Sellars, the Enterprise Coordinator for East Cornwall and the school’s two Enterprise Advisers, Steve Forth and Paula Hutchens.

The event focused on providing 13 – 14 year-old students with an opportunity to meet successful local businesses and gain relevant advice for their upcoming GCSE option choices.


Steve and Paula are both business volunteers who support careers provision and development at the school.  Steve is the Financial Director of Bluefruit Software and Paula is the Group Training Officer for the Cornwall Construction Training Group.  Unlike other events where businesses have dedicated stands and wait for the pupils to approach them, this event directly introduced each student to industry professionals and served as a platform for students to gain a detailed understanding of possible career choices.


Paula Hutchins, said:

Choosing a career path can often be difficult but events like these make it so much easier for school students to engage with professionals and gain real direction. We’d like to thank Classic Builders for taking the time out of their day to come and visit the students of Fowey River Academy. Having the opportunity to speak to successful businesses and ask them probing questions is of great benefit to school students – especially at such an important time in their lives. The advice on offer today was incredible and the event has proved an instance success. We’d like to invite Classic Builders and the other participating businesses to return in the future and help grow such an important event.”


Business Development Manager for Classic Builders Lewis Tolputt added:

It’s our privilege to have visited Fowey River Academy and to have met so many dedicated students. The Year 9 pupils showed great interest and asked a variety engaging questions. We’d like to thank Lou Ghillyer for coordinating the event and for allowing us the opportunity to help so many students.


If you represent an educational establishment or community group and would like Classic Builders to provide your students or service users with careers advice on the construction sector, please contact

Classic Builders joined 12 other successful businesses and gave detailed advice to over 100 individual pupils. To ensure the students gained an insightful view of the represented industries, the participating pupils came armed with a variety of probing questions. Queries about career paths, qualifications and salaries were top of the agenda for most students. Additional questions about daily routines, industry activities and associated job opportunities gave the participating students valuable guidance for their upcoming GCSE option choices.

What the employers thought


It was a great opportunity to meet some of the country’s future workforce.  I was delighted that so many young people had a genuine interest in the hospitality sector.  I enjoyed answering a wide range of interesting questions.

– Andrea Wright, the Events Manager at The Green Cornwall in Upton Cross


I thought the event today was a great eye-opener for the students, giving them an insight into the range of jobs available and what each one involves and where it might take them.

– Nikki Powell, the owner of Hair at Botica in Fowey


A superb event – speed networking is a great way of supporting young people develop their career ideas and a I look forward to returning to Fowey River Academy.”

-Lewis Tolputt, Business Development Manager for Classic Builders