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Fantastic turnout at Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair

The Gryphon School hosted Dorset and Somerset’s first Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair this week, with more than 40 employers as well as universities in attendance.

More than 900 people from across the region attended the event, and it was great to see so many young people considering their career options. Degree apprenticeships are becoming a popular choice for school leavers – they provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor’s degree or masters’s degree, and are designed in partnership with employers.  Students can study part-time at a university or college, while spending the rest of their time with their employer and earning a salary.

Companies such as Airbus, JP Morgan, BAE, Thales and Farnfields Solicitors were joined by local companies such as Hunt’s Foodservice, Porter Dodson LLP, and Compass Video, with a huge variety of sectors offering opportunities for all students.

The event was organised in conjunction with Dorset Councils’ Partnership’s Workforce and Economic Development teams.

Stephen Martin, Careers and Guidance Manager at The Gryphon School said “We appreciate and thank the many employers and universities for giving up their time to attend this busy event and speak to students and parents about these exciting career opportunities and new routes to a successful career.  Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are a great choice and we encourage all young people to explore their career options.”

One parent commented that it was “an amazing event”. She said her daughter has decided against university but after speaking to a number of companies at the event she has already received emails regarding potential opportunities when she leaves school.

The afternoon session was open to students from The Gryphon as well as other schools across Dorset and Somerset, with many bringing buses of students to the event. Schools that attended were The Purbeck School (Wareham), The Blandford School, Sherborne School, Sherborne School for Girls and Leweston School.  The evening session was open to the public including parents, with students from other local schools also attending including Preston School, Sturminster Newton School, Ansford Academy and Bucklers Mead.

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