On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May, Cornwall Careers Hub hosted the My Skills, My Future Inclusive Careers Festival 2023 at The Royal Cornwall Showground.
The two-day event, specifically developed for SEND students and alternative provision academies, saw over 600 students aged 14 and 15 from visit the Showground to discover the career opportunities available to them in Cornwall.
Carrie Childs, Cornwall Careers Lead, said: “These two days were incredibly special.”
“We wanted to discover Cornwall’s untapped potential that lies in our alternative provision academies and amongst students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to start what will be exciting conversations with employers from all over Cornwall.”
Over 40 employers and providers joined across the two days, including familiar names such as Access Cornwall, Rick Stein Restaurants, Babcock, Cornwall Foundation Trust NHS, Falmouth University, Pall Aerospace and Persimmon Homes, among many others.
A plethora of activities available to students ranged from plumbing tasks with Persimmon Homes and First Aid with paramedics, to observing life under a microscope with Newquay Orchard and an opportunity to DJ with Amplify, who aim to ‘inspire young people with electronic music.’
Sarah Anthony, Education Manager at Newquay Orchard, was one of the many alternative education providers welcoming students. She said of the event: “It is so important to engage SEND students in this way. This has been a fantastic opportunity to meet enthusiastic young people who have been eager to learn more about steps they can take next.”
Frances Hydes, Careers Lead at Liskeard School and Community College who were one of over 20 schools who attended, said: “This was an absolutely brilliant event and so interactive for our SEND students, who have had a unique opportunity to meet with employers directly and to get a real-life feel for what is out there for them when they finish school.”
“All of our students have been a real joy and have taken so much away with them.”
Carrie concluded: “We were beyond delighted with not only the turnout of both students and providers, but also the attitude of visiting students who were determined to learn and grow.”
“There is a world of possibility for students in Cornwall and we’re excited to see where the future takes them.”
Cornwall’s Festival of Tech is a two-week-long celebration of all things tech, digital and software in Cornwall.