More than 50 ambitious sixth-formers from 10 West Midlands schools joined the country’s top employers at Arthur Terry School last week (Thursday 22 February). The outstanding academy led and hosted a major partnership between education and blue chip companies on apprenticeship and post school routes into training and employment.
The Pathway CTM (Careers, Training & Mentoring) Skills Day was attended by leading organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover, BT, IBM, BDO, PWC, EY, IBM, Accenture, NHS and Microsoft.
Students took part in workshops with industry experts, where they were supported by apprentices, graduates and employees of the companies.Students took part in workshops addressing the main barriers to employment faced by sixth-formers including, ‘Social Media Influence’, ‘Interview Styles’ and ‘Psychometrics’.
After a free Dominos pizza lunch, sixth formers liaised with current apprentices, graduates and employees of all the companies during an ‘Ask the Ambassador’ break out afternoon.
Alex Zarifeh, Director of Sixth Form, in charge of year 12, said:
“As Pathway CTM’s lead school in the Birmingham and West Midlands region, we were delighted to host some of the country’s leading employers. Both Arthur Terry sixth formers and students from across Birmingham had an unparalleled opportunity to network and connect with these leading degree apprenticeship and school leaver providers. The half-term skills day represents just one of weekly opportunities our sixth formers are able to access thanks to our partnership with Pathway CTM.”