During National Careers Week, our Employment and Skills Manager, Lea Hampton, has been visiting schools across the Borough to offer advice and support to secondary school and college students.
As a key member of the team delivering the exciting One Horton Heath (OHH) development that is creating a new community in the Borough, and as an ambassador for National Careers Week, Lea has pulled together a comprehensive week of activity to take into schools and colleges in a bid to inform young people in the local area about the opportunities in the booming sectors of construction and housing.
Activities for the week included presentations at Wildern School and Wyvern College on core skills in communication, a presentation from one of the Landscape Architects involved in the One Horton Heath project at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, a virtual presentation on the Construction sector for schools across Hampshire and a Meet the Employer Session at Wildern School with year eight pupils.
Lea’s experience in careers education and employment has meant she is focused on exploring the opportunities around recruitment and retention, relating to both One Horton Heath and the Council in general. With 20 years’ experience in the field, she is dedicated to assisting young people to find the right career path for them.
Careers Leader at Wyvern College, Katie Bruce said: “Having someone like Lea coming into school and engaging with the pupils in this way is so valuable in helping them to think beyond their exams and what their next step will be when they leave school. Having someone from the real world of work discussing the skills they may need and the opportunities that are available to them in the local area is brilliant.”
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Councillor Derek Pretty said: “Having skilled young people entering the workforce is vital to the health of the local economy. It’s excellent that Lea’s work is being so well received by the local schools and colleges, One Horton Heath is a fantastic opportunity to develop a career.”
There are several videos that give an insight into the many varied roles at both the Council and the One Horton Heath project for young people and careers advisors to access and share to help better understand different job prospects that are available to students and those entering the labour market.
The One Horton Heath Employment and Skills page details the wide range of offers the Council now have for schools and colleges to support the careers learning that they deliver. To find out more about the careers that will be available through this project visit the website.