Useful information for pupils at event

Students Leah Forsyth and Niall Ryder with organiser Lori Turnbull at the careers fair at St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in  Bedlington
Picture Jane Coltman
Students Leah Forsyth and Niall Ryder with organiser Lori Turnbull at the careers fair at St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington Picture Jane Coltman

Representatives from more than 40 businesses, organisations and universities gave some helpful advice to pupils across a range of year groups at a Bedlington school.

The purpose of St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy’s annual Careers and Futures event is to enable students to explore their options and possibilities after GCSEs and Sixth Form.

The providers offered those in Years 7, 8 and 9 in their session during the day guidance and information they may not have already considered.

Years 10 to 13 had a session running until 6.30pm. Students explained how it was a great opportunity to know that local universities such as Newcastle and Durham offer help to students to give them the extra hand they need in getting the grades they want to secure a university place.

Other universities represented included Northumbria, Sunderland, Edinburgh Napier and Liverpool Hope.

Apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities were mentioned by the British Army, Northumberland County Council, Port of Blyth, Project Trust, Northumbria Police and Northern Rail among others.

A Year 12 student said: “It is great knowing that I have the possibility to go to a local prestigious university through Durham’s supported progression programme.

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do something like that.”

Some Year 9 students said now that they know what an apprenticeship is, they will consider that option when in Sixth Form.