Leeds East Academy inspired by local firms

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Leeds East Academy's Year 8 and 11 students got the chance to quiz local employers on career path options and the experience and knowledge required to work in a wide range of sector this week when 16 businesses joined forces for their Make the Grade careers event.

Law firm DLA Piper, snack manufacturer Calbee, GMI Construction, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and estate agents Linley Simpson were among the employers invited to attend the event, where over 270 students from Years 8 and 11 moved around in a structured rotation spending five minutes at each businesses’ stand asking their questions about the working world and the skills they’d need to succeed. 

Year 8 students attended ahead of their GCSE subject selections later this academic year and Year 11 students attended to help highlight career paths into the industries and sectors they want to work in.

Georgina Hughes, our Project Coordinator for Leeds East Academy, said: "We had a great range of employers supporting this event from professional services, the arts, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, engineering and the public sector to name a few.

"The students were really engaged in getting as much information from the volunteers as possible and their eyes were really opened to the possibilities waiting for them in their area."

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