AVA whole-school careers day sets the bar

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Bucks Skills Hub worked in partnership with Study Higher to coordinate a highly successful, inspirational careers day for the entire school at Aylesbury Vale Academy at the end of last term.

Each year group experienced their own carousel of activities, which included:

  • Study Higher, a network of higher education (HE) providers funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), stimulated students with ‘Tasty Science’.
  • STEM ambassadors challenged students to prevent a Lego model of Oxford from flooding and to build stable straw towers.
  • Students experienced a range of motivational workshops presented by Buckingham, Bedfordshire, Bucks New and Oxford Brookes universities.
  • HS2 and Fusion provided engineering and design challenges and an ecology quiz.
  • Students were introduced to Labour Market Information through a Top Trumps card game (pictured) and a presentation from the Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Apprenticeship information was presented by ASK Amazing Apprenticeships.
  • All students also attended a careers fair with a range of businesses.
  • Students were enthralled in activities with Science Oxford that included designing, building and testing rockets from earth to planet Haagen (‘Mission to Haagen’).
  • Science theatre ‘futurology’ demonstrations and a planetarium providing spectacular space shows added a real ‘wow’ factor to this hugely successful careers day.