Nearly 1,000 school students have visited the bustling annual Ambitions North Notts careers event supported by North Notts College and hosted by Sparken Hill Academy.
The buzzing event saw over 30 external employer exhibitors in addition to North Notts College subject areas engaging with the next generation of curious learners through interactive activities such as brickwork bonds, a 12-screen state-of-the-art virtual reality game set, nail art, special fx make-up and much more.
North Notts College Media Make-up lecturer Kirsty Lewin applied special fx make-up to several excited visitors.
Kirsty said: “To have so many learners coming up to us and telling us why they’re interested in Media Make-up is thrilling.
We’ve been sharing what you can do with skills learnt on Media Make-up courses. I’m proud to help inspire the next generation of local learners and raise their awareness of fantastic opportunities on their doorstep for developing skills in subjects they’re interested in.”
North Notts College Consultant Frances Walker helped organise the event.
Frances said: “It’s been fantastic; this couldn’t have gone better. The amount of support we’ve received from so many people in organising this is immense and I’m very grateful.
“There are so many budding students jumping at the chance to ask lots of questions across all our different stalls that the atmosphere here is buzzing.”
Frances added: “To see a wide variety of organisations and services engaging with children about local career pathways they otherwise may not be exposed to is great; I am sure this will help inspire the next generation of local children to be the best they can at what they like to do as they grow up.”
Sparken Hill Academy closed for the day to host the interactive event. Sparken Hill Academy Principal Richard Lilley was present at the event.
Richard said: “I’m proud to see our school host such an energetic and interactive event. I’m also proud that students are coming here by their own accord because they want to know what is on offer in the local area to equip them with the best skills for their future.
Richard added: “I’ve had one particular student, who used to be rather disinterested in school, coming in today and bringing his mum with him. I can see students seeing that there are so many doors open to them for their dream careers in a local setting and hope they take this home with them and really strive for success in this.”