NEARLY two-and-a-half thousand Thurrock students took the chance to look at options for their future on Wednesday (7 October).
Opportunity Thurrock – organised by the council’s employability and skills team with Thurrock Careers – saw students from every secondary school and academy, every sixth-form, South Essex College, Treetops and the Pupil Support Service attending the Backstage Centre in Purfleet for workshops, demonstrations, have-a-go sessions and question-and-answer opportunities.
There was a wide variety of stall holders including apprenticeships, the Backstage Academy, Ford, Costco, Air Cadets, as well as vocational and academic bodies like universities at the event.
And the students had a chance to try their hand at everything from bricklaying and cooking, to theatrical make-up, hair dressing, rock climbing and even being harnessed and lifted to the ceiling by the technical theatre team!
Thurrock Council’s Director of Children Services, Carmel Littleton said; “Opportunity Thurrock works hard to showcase some of the many potential career options available in and outside our borough.
“The enthusiasm, excitement and passion of the young people was a credit to them and their schools.”
She added: “I would like to thank the Ockendon Academy which provided Student Ambassadors to support the event as front-of-house helpers and Gable Hall for managing the finances.