Hartlepool students get a taste of the world of work

Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school's annual Employers Fair.
Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school's annual Employers Fair.

Students embarking on their final stages of school and college enjoyed discovering the world of work with a careers fair.

Pupils from Year 10 and 12 of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, were paid a visit by 18 separate employers in a careers fair.

Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school�"s annual Employers Fair on Monday.

Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school�"s annual Employers Fair on Monday.

A speed dating-style system was used to help each of the 400 students get a chance to speak to the diverse range of employers.

Careers teacher Jo Liddell, said: “The feedback we got from both employers and students was incredible. The students carouselled around the employers to find out more about the organisation, and possible entry routes.

“It was invaluable for the students because it helped them to see what is available in our local environment and economy.”

She added: “It’s a transition time for the students because they are either coming towards the end of their school and college life, so it helped them to see what is out there and what they need to do to get there.”

Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school�"s annual Employers Fair on Monday.

Pupils at English Martyrs School, Hartlepool, discussing future employment at the school�"s annual Employers Fair on Monday.

On the day there were representatives from Kier Construction, Seymours Civil Engineering, Hart Biologicals, Lloyds Bank, Cameron’s Brewery and the NHS.

The event was part of a careers fortnight at the school, which also saw the students take part in mock interviews this week with real employers.