On the 18th January 2017 a number of employees from Assurity Consulting attended the ‘Not Going to University’ event at The College of Richard Collyer (Collyers). The event was targeted at year 10 and 11 students who attend schools local to us either Millais, Forest or Tanbridge.
The aim of the event was for employees from different companies to inform parents and students of the alternative employment options for students that would prefer not to go to university. The event began with a question and answer panel with one person representing from each company. We sat alongside companies such as Thales, Grant Thornton and Virgin.
Steve Martell, the Vice Principal of Collyers, asked each member of the panel about the apprentice schemes they offer, what type of individual the company looks for and the advice that they would give to the students now.
Jordan sat on the panel for us and gave his first-hand experience on being an apprentice at Assurity Consulting. As a former Forest and Collyers student himself, it was great to hear about why he chose not to go to university and what made him decide to apply for the Consultant apprenticeship at Assurity Consulting. The questions were then opened up to the audience and quite a few parents asked different members of the panel specific questions.
Following on each company held their own exhibition stand to talk more in depth with parents and students about what we offer as part of our apprenticeship scheme and what we require from candidates.
Jordan, Lara and April, all Assurity Consulting employees had all attended Horsham schools as well as Collyers and were easily able to relate to the students that we spoke to.
The team found it really interesting to speak to students about their career goals and to give advice on what they had wished they had done/known back when they were at school. They got the students thinking about subject choices to match their aspirations.