Return of business careers advice programme for Northants & Bucks school students

Return of business careers advice programme for Northants & Bucks school students

16 March 2021

Year 8 and 9 students at three secondary schools will continue to receive invaluable careers advice from businesspeople when Silverstone Park’s Inspiration for Innovation (I4I) programme returns with a series of virtual events in April.

Youngsters at The Buckingham School, Kingsthorpe College in Northampton and Sponne School in Towcester will meet local businesses in a series of online ‘speed networking’ sessions.

Representatives of the businesses, all at a senior level, will explain their own career paths so as to raise awareness amongst teenagers of the opportunities available. They will also answer questions about their jobs and offer support and guidance.

The programme is unique in the region. It is part of the wider I4I schools outreach programme organised by the Automotive 30% Club.

MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director at Silverstone Park, said: “It’s great to finally be able to recommence our activities with our three partner schools.

“Inspiration for Innovation had such a positive impact in its first two academic years (2018-2019 and 2019-early 2020).

“With schools now open again, our business volunteers are eager to meet more young people and build on the results of Years 1 and 2.

“Young people in their mid-teens are not fully aware of the career paths and opportunities out there, so to be able to ask questions of businesspeople is invaluable.

“A big thank you to the team at Automotive 30% Club: every organisation has had to re-think how they communicate and we’re confident that these speed networking events will be fun but also really informative for young people.”

MEPC, the developer at Silverstone Park, invests in the I4I programme to help address concerns about the skills gap expressed by local businesses. The University of Buckingham and ‘future-motive’ technology business Keyloop are co-sponsors.

Kingsthorpe College’s Diane Fisher said: “The Year 11s who took part in Year 1 of the programme (2018 and then in Year 9) are on a totally different level to students of previous years. It has opened their minds to thinking what they want to do in future…”

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