Local schools visit Southwark Careers Fair 2018Southwark Careers Fair opens its doors for the second time to around 600 pupils from local secondary schools at London South Bank University's Academy of Sport
Now in its fifth year, Southwark Careers Fair opened its doors (21-22 March) to around 600 pupils from local schools in the borough at London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Academy of Sport, on London Road.
Southwark Council invited pupils from all of Southwark’s secondary schools and its partner schools in Lambeth to attend. Around 600 schoolchildren from years 9 to 11 (14-17 year-olds) visited the fair over the course of two days.
Twenty-three businesses were invited to exhibit at the fair and showcase the various future job and training opportunities available to them. Exhibitors were grouped into career zones including: arts/entertainment, construction/property, create/design, engineering/hospitality, legal/finance and media/public sector. Students were invited to visit one exhibitor in each zone to learn about a broad spectrum of possible careers.
Cllr Peter John, OBE, Leader of Southwark Council, attended a VIP tour of the fair on its second day, with Anthony Smyth, Chair of Governors for City of London Academies and other local dignitaries.
Professor Shan Wareing, LSBU’s lead representative for student experience said: “As 'University of the Year for Graduate Employment', it’s very exciting for LSBU to be able to showcase real job opportunities and training programmes to school pupils from the local South East London community, while we help to transform lives through employability support.”
Southwark Careers Fair is organised by Southwark Education Business Alliance (SEBA), which was formed in 1997 and Southwark Council. SEBA works with schools and businesses on projects to raise aspirations for young people by creating opportunities for them to access meaningful work-related activities.
Previous careers fairs were held at Guildhall in the City of London (2014), Goldsmiths College, New Cross (2015-16) and at LSBU (2017).