How awesome is careers day these days?
It’s been 17 years since I’ve been to a careers day. Indeed, ‘careers’ at my old school involved inputting some likes and dislikes into a computer running a program called Kudos. Eventually, after a mind-numbing 20 minutes of questions, Kudos would tell you that you’re best bet for a career is to become a dog groomer. Now i’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being a dog groomer, but every other pupil received dog groomer as their answer (It’s a wonder there are any scruffy dogs left). There was certainly no mention of apprenticeships.
These days excellent colleges, like Bury College, perform a much better job. For my colleagues, Brian, Amy and I, Bury College’s engineering careers day was an absolute triumph. We were amazed at the sheer amount of young men and women looking at careers in either mechanical or electrical engineering. Indeed, somewhere in the region of 400 students passed through the hall, speaking to potential employers and educators from around Manchester, including RRG Group, The Royal Navy and Manchester Metropolitan University.
We were there actively seeking out new apprentices to work at Aimteq within our BMS, remote operations and bespoke solutions teams. Apprenticeships really struck a chord with some students, many of whom were looking to avoid the exorbitant debt that comes with University, whilst also gaining valuable and transferable technical skills that will last a lifetime.
many of whom were looking to avoid the exorbitant debt that comes with University, whilst also gaining valuable and transferable technical skills that will last a lifetime.
Tuesday’s event at Bury College was a real eye opener in terms of the number of students looking to enter engineering as a career once they leave education. We’ve already had some great feedback from the college regarding students that have shown an interest in the work we do here at Aimteq and the possibility of starting an apprenticeship here.