Southampton school leavers given a step up onto career ladder

| Wates Group

The career aspirations of Southampton students have been given a boost as a network of the city’s major employers joined forces to hold an exclusive event at Woodlands Community College in Harefield.

Facilitated by business-led charity, Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with Wates Construction, the careers evening saw 200 Year 9, 10 and 11 students from Woodlands Community College receive advice on the different routes into the world of work.

Organisations including the BBC, HMRC and Southampton Solent University were on hand to run a series of career taster sessions. Students were able to explore the range of vocations available to them across industries including banking, retail, hospitality and construction. A CV Skills workshop was also run by Right Management Workplace Wellness allowing students and parents to brush up on their CV writing skills.

It really makes a difference to our young people at this crucial time.

- Ben Bond,
Assistant Headteacher at Woodlands Community College

The event formed part of a three-year Business Class partnership between Wates Construction and Woodlands Community College. Business Class is a nation-wide education programme by Business in the Community (BITC) and aims to match businesses and local schools to help them forge long-term relationships.

Gary Campbell-Dykes, Business Director for Wates Construction Southern Home Counties and South West, commented: “I am delighted with the success of the careers event at Woodlands Community College. It is a true example of how businesses can collaborate to support young people in their transition from education to employment. Events like this are a valuable means to ensuring that students are aware of the vocational opportunities available to them and that they are inspired and motivated to fulfill their career aspirations.”

Ben Bond, Assistant Head at Woodlands Community College, added: Our Careers event was well attended with a fabulous array of local business and colleges giving those who came a wealth of knowledge and information. I know our pupils have much to consider as they continue with their studies and am very grateful for the support of Wates and Business in the Community in the set up of this event.


For further information on Business Class in Southampton please contact Mike Toy on 07793 444181.