Leeds City College
Corey Roebuck, Head of Year from the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy and Leeds City College is a second-timer at WorldSkills UK LIVE as he feels his students get a lot from it, “We are a school with a college and we’re very much hands-on. The feedback that we got from learners was good. It's a large event and something they can go away from, to start looking at their next steps, giving them a broad platform to look at what careers are out there.”
Asked what particularly prompted him to bring his new students to the event this year Corey says, “It was very much what the event can give. With the Gatsby Benchmarks, and career progression goals it’s a quick win in terms of the education side and ticking the boxes for Ofsted. But more than that it’s giving the learners the opportunity to get impartial advice; allowing them to see the careers available and the skill sets required to be successful.”
Corey’s learners found no problems in striking up conversations with exhibitors and asking questions, encouraging them to explore and broaden their horizons, “It is very much the interactive exhibits our learners enjoy, like an icebreaker where they have to complete a challenge to trigger the conversation, or they answer a few questions to get something. It's not just 'Right do you have any questions?', it's 'Right, can you answer the question and then I can tell you a bit more about what we do'.
“My personal highlight was what the learners came away with. Not just the experience, but for them to go, "Well I can actually do that when I leave school, or I can go and do X or I can go and do Y at 16”. As they were going around, they were texting and ringing their parents, saying "I want to do this now".
“As part of a college, our careers provision is slightly different from most, we don't have a specific careers advisor. The first time we came we changed our careers provision from independent learning for one hour a week facilitated by form tutors. To ‘progression’ which is mainly based around skills events, and work experience.
Asked whether LIVE has changed his learners’ thoughts and attitudes Corey says, “Yes, most definitely. It’s good to give learners the view that there’s not just one route, you can go to college, you can do an apprenticeship, there’s internships - there are multiple routes that you can take to reach your goal.” Adding, “I think it's a very, very unique experience. You can see learners flourish afterwards as it sets them up for what can happen in the future. It’s an experience that can raise aspirations regardless of what year group they're in.”
Help your learners go further, faster
WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK's biggest, best hands-on careers event. Taking place every November at the NEC, Birmingham, the event lets young learners get to grips with their future career.