The Slough Aspire Careers Event held on Wednesday and Thursday this week welcomed over 1600 young people, parents, carers and local residents to find out about the many career opportunities available to them. There was a wealth of experience at the event with over 65 exhibitors along with additional support offered by the many industry experts who participated in the Q & A sessions attended by all schools. 
On arrival Year 9 students received a pathways presentation delivered by Learning to Work highlighting the various choices open to them at Post 16, followed by a fast paced Q & A session during which students asked questions exploring apprenticeships, skills for the workforce, entry level requirements and generally exploring the responsibilities and tasks behind the various roles held by each of our panellists. Equipped with the information received in Zone 1 students made their way to Zone 2 where they interacted for a further hour with over 65 exhibitors in the Market Place to further research the job opportunities that await them. 
“Talent is the life force of British business and Slough Aspire, supported by our partners SEGRO Plc and Windsor Forest Colleges Group, is committed to investing in Slough’s future talent by sponsoring the Slough Aspire Careers Event. By creating this opportunity for the Town’s year 9 pupils to meet local businesses, from micros to corporates, we are helping to ensure that the Slough business community benefits from a talent pipeline that is skilled to meet their needs now and in the future.” Fiona Jones Chief Executive 
“A fantastic range of insight and experience gained that has inspired our Year 9 students for their GCSE options and beyond” David Wilkins, Herschel Grammar School 
‘Galliford Try Building Southern is delighted to be attending and supporting this fantastic Careers Fair for the second year running. By supporting this event we will be showcasing the diverse roles with the construction industry, while offering work experience opportunities and chance to engage with members of a project team’ Heather Bryant, Community Liaison Manager 
There is nothing we can’t do if we aspire. Learning to Work introduces school children to who they could be… It is such important work and I truly feel privileged to support them.’ Tan Ikram, Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) of England & Wales 
The Slough Aspire Careers Event was an opportunity for business, college and universities to bring careers advice to life for young people, teachers, parents and carers and for all attendees to find out first hand about local opportunities available to them. Throughout the event the message was very clear that good qualifications are important however they only form part of the expectations from employers, it is the above and beyond that make candidates stand out from the crowd. Volunteering, evidence of a can do attitude, good team work and use of initiative could be the difference between securing a position or not, so the advice was start now, get involved and look at ways to start developing the above and beyond skills and gaining the above and beyond experiences that employers are looking for in their future workforce. Nancy Lalor, Acting CEO LTW 
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