On 21 November we took 3 of our students from years 10 and 11 to the World Skills Live event at the NEC. Their first port of call was the Armed Forces, in particular the Royal Navy, where a representative explained the qualifications needed to apply for the various roles. The students had the opportunity to use some virtual reality technology to have a go at steering a naval ship into port. One student took information away with him for further consideration and is looking to attend another Armed Forces specialist recruitment fair.
In the Health, Hospitality and Lifestyle zone, students learned how to pull a point and toss pizza dough, whilst in the Construction and Infrastructure area they watched the presentations of national brick laying and roofing championships. The next area they visited was the Business Creative and Digital areas, where they got to see people designing computer games and developing programs. This was of particular interest to one student who is studying game design at a local college. Finally the students visited the Engineering and Technology section, where they watched dancing robots and enjoyed a ride in a virtual reality roller coaster.
All students found the event a worthwhile experience which gave then new or additional ideas to consider when choosing their own career path.