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School Students Look To Their Futures

A three-day conference takes place next week ( February 18th - 20th) to provide groups of Year 10 students from across all the secondary schools in South Tyneside and Bamburgh Special School with information about opportunities in further and higher education.

The conference will focus on different career and study opportunities in three vocational areas: Leisure and Tourism, Business Management and Engineering. Each student has chosen one pathway to focus on during the three days.

On the first day 119 students will meet at South Tyneside College for workshops run by the Connexions Service, College staff and representatives from the North East Chamber of Commerce and the Engineering Federation.

A play and workshops by the Crag Rats drama group will help them to realise the importance of making the right choices for their future.

The following day the students will spend the day at a University linked to the pathway of their choice: University of Newcastle: Engineering; University of Sunderland: Business Management and Northumbria University: Leisure and Tourism.

The school students will meet university students who are currently studying courses at the University and experience interactive workshops. The Construction Industry Training Board will work with aspiring engineers on a simulation about making water available to a community in the third world.

On the final day ( Thursday February 20th) the students will spend at least half a day visiting companies across the region to find out about job opportunities that are available in their particular career area. The visits will include opportunities for the students to participate in problem solving and investigational activities.

The host Companies supporting the visits are: ASDA; Bede's World Museum; Customs House; Construction Industry Training Board; Gateshead International Stadium; Hugh Mackay, Carpet Manufacturers, Durham; Mowlem Construction; Nexus; Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd; Port of Tyne Authority; Rapid Prototyping, Newcastle; Rohm Haas (UK) Ltd; Sunderland Engineering Training Association Ltd. (S.E.T.A); Sunderland Association Football Club; The Littlehaven Hotel and Tyne & Wear Museums Service

The conference has been funded through the Excellence Challenge Initiative and the Single Regeneration Budget 6. It has been co-ordinated by Margaret Riches, Director of the South Tyneside Education Business Partnership.

For further details contact Margaret Riches Education Business Partnership 519 1909.

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