MP’s careers fair held at academy

Amber Rudd with students

Amber Rudd with students

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The town’s MP, Amber Rudd, held her first careers fair at Ark William Parker Academy.

The event, organised in collaboration with Marie Byas, careers advisor from the academy, was attended by 17 businesses and employers.

The fair was opened by Ms Rudd, followed by a motivational speech from Adam Bartlett, managing director of the Kurt J Lesker company and a former William Parker student.

By bringing together businesses, employers and students the fair enabled students aged 15-18 at the academy to find out about some of the careers and opportunities available.

The academy said it was pleased to have the support of so many local businesses offering an array of careers, opportunities, apprenticeships and work placement experience.

Those attending the event at the Parkstone Road academy included local firms Marshall-Tufflex, Collins & Hayes and Michael Tyler Furniture as well as Littlewood Fencing, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Ashdown Hurrey LLP.

Ms Rudd said: “We are so fortunate to have such an array of industries offering a wide range of careers, opportunities and apprenticeships here in Hastings.

“I am tremendously grateful to all those businesses who took the time and trouble to attend my careers fair and engage with our students.”

Marie said: “With many of our students facing decisions as to their career, subjects and further education choices, the purpose of this event was to ensure they are aware that there is a career and a future for them in Hastings.

“Students were offered work placements and will be applying for apprenticeships and volunteering in the community with AmicusHorizon.”

Ark William Parker student, Chris Saxby, said he really enjoyed the event.

He added: “It was really interesting to see all the different careers available in Hastings.

“I would like an apprenticeship with Littlewood Fencing as I like being creative and working outdoors.”

A spokesman for Ark William Parker Academy said: “Students and businesses who attended had a wonderful experience and will benefit hugely from the event.”