This Work Ready Conference firstly offers the students highly interactive and engaging set of workshops and activities for students to explore future pathways as well as expectations in the World of Work. This day delivers students the opportunity via business engagement to: 
• Examine effective use of strategic tools in the workplace 
• Explore alternative Pathways and People Like Me careers 
• Network with business volunteers from a variety of disciplines 
In the afternoon of 11th December 2019, Ditton Park Academy students got to engage with a new set of business volunteers in a speed networking session. Four/six students are sat around a table and a business volunteer joins them for 5 minutes to answer any questions the students have, after five minutes the business volunteers change over to different tables so the students get a wide range of employer engagement. 
Gatsby Benchmarks met on the day: 
Learning from career & labour market information 
In the morning, students had workshops delivered to them from a range of business volunteers from different professions and local companies displaying the opportunities available to them. 
Encounters with employers & employees 
The Speed Networking session allowed students to interact with business volunteers from many different professions, on their table’s students met with at least 12/20 volunteers that attended this session. 
Experiences of workplaces 
The different workshops touched on different workplaces experiences including strategies used within workplaces, which work environments students would feel most comfortable dependent on their personality types and their personal brand. 
Business engagement on the day: 
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