Hertfordshire businesses ignite careers interest among students – 19th October 2023

St Mary’s CE High School in Cheshunt was buzzing with the sound of potential on Thursday, when nearly 30 local businesses met hundreds of the school’s students at the annual Careers Fair.

Every student from Year 8 to Year 13 had the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of businesses and organisations from across Hertfordshire, from infrastructure and engineering firms to construction and property, and from the care sector to the armed forces and the fire brigade. Further and Higher education institutions were also present, along with organisations supporting young people with Apprenticeships and alternative pathways into the career of their choice.

Kerry Gaulton, Careers Lead at the school, who organised the event, said “Careers provision is a real strength of the school. Students met the representatives of businesses and other organisations with a wealth of questions, ready to make the most of this unique opportunity to speak to such a variety of sectors under one roof. Thank you to all the institutions who made the effort to come along. I know our students enjoyed the event and many came away armed with real knowledge and enthusiasm about the potential careers available to them.”

One business representative talked about why it was important for them to attend St Mary’s Careers Fair: “We need to change perspectives about our industry, to educate young people about the diversity of roles available to them and to attract the talents of a diverse range of young people to our sector.”