Bristol Metropolitan Academy celebrated nine years of providing quality careers and employability guidance with over 35 companies devoting their afternoon to the Academy and the local community. One hundred and eighty Year 11 students had an opportunity to talk to training and education providers about their next steps and this year Bristol Metropolitan open their doors to family members to enjoy the experience with their siblings.

One of the organisations, Avon Fire and Rescue talked about their new apprenticeship programme and what that could offer potential apprentices. Other noticeable visitors were ex-student, Greg Streete and ex-learning mentor, Charles Waithe. Both talked about their career pathways. Charles retrained at the age of 50 and is now working with the Temple Watch as a full time fire fighter, quite amazing! Greg is well known for his Bristol Flyers basketball career and his excellent mentoring of young players with Bristol Metropolitan.

Other organisations that attended included Airbus, On-Site, UWE, Bristol University, Reflections, DAC Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, GKN, CLF Post 16, Bristol Old Vic, to name a few.’

Tim Holmes, Career Coach for the Cabot Learning Federation said, “This is a fabulous celebration of a careers and employability fair for our students. This means the world to me, I have a real passion to work with young people so they have the best possible choices and options. I want them to understand career or further educational pathways to give them the best possible options as they choose their next steps.”