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Careers Convention helps Coopers pupils

PUBLISHED: 15:52 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:52 24 November 2016

Former pupils Laura Matthews, Tom Bryant and Nathan Murphy returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer EY for at a Careers Convention

Former pupils Laura Matthews, Tom Bryant and Nathan Murphy returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer EY for at a Careers Convention

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Students discuss education and employment opportunities

Former pupil Phoebe Kite returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Sky at a Careers ConventionFormer pupil Phoebe Kite returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Sky at a Careers Convention

Students from Years 10 to 13 at the Coopers Company & Coborn School in Upminster had the chance to explore possible apprenticeships, employment and study opportunities at its annual Careers Convention last week.

In addition to a number of prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Queen Mary and Kings College, representatives from Network Rail, TFL, Ford, Marks & Spencer and Lloyds Bank came to support the evening, along with the Army, Royal Air Force and Police.

“It was really interesting, it opened my eyes to employment opportunities I’d never even considered before,” said a pupil, studying for GCSEs.

Many educational centres and companies gave advice on how to apply for apprenticeships and the benefits, life skills and qualifications they can offer.

Former pupil Jack Downes returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Cap Gemini at a Careers ConventionFormer pupil Jack Downes returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Cap Gemini at a Careers Convention

The government recently revealed plans to increase the number of apprenticeships for young people to three million by 2020.

The school’s dedicated careers adviser also gave a talk to pupils who were not certain about their futures, as other staff circulated to give additional information.

One parent said: “My daughter doesn’t have a career in mind so she found it useful to discuss the different pathways post-18. It was an amazing evening. The school should be proud.”

Several former pupils returned with their employers to give advice.

Former pupils Scarlett Hollick and Michael Anon-Calvo returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer RSM at a Careers ConventionFormer pupils Scarlett Hollick and Michael Anon-Calvo returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer RSM at a Careers Convention

Tom Martin manned the Lloyds Bank stand, two years after leaving the school.

He said: “It feels really strange being back, but I came along to this event when I was in Year 13. I didn’t know whether I wanted to go to university or not and it’s always a good thing to give some guidance.”

The event was organised by Coopers Coborn’s head of careers Sam King, who added: “The annual Careers’ Convention was extremely well attended with over 500 parents and students attending.

“We were lucky to have the support of a great many local and city businesses, as well as so many alumni who gave up their evening to represent their professions.

Former pupil Beth Fortune returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Commerzbank at a Careers ConventionFormer pupil Beth Fortune returned to Coopers Coborn School with employer Commerzbank at a Careers Convention

“The exhibitors were really impressed with how the students conducted themselves during the evening.”

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