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West Suffolk College to hold Futures Festival to encourage students to a bright future



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West Suffolk College will be hosting a week long ‘Futures Festival’ to encourage and inspire students to think about their future education, next steps and careers.

The Festival taking place next week (October 28 until November 1), includes a creative showcase at The Apex where a host of high profile speakers from the worlds of fashion, photography and graphic design including Caryn Franklin MBE, will be presenting TED talks on their own creative journeys to a 500 strong audience.

Day two sees a ‘Step into Health and Care’ careers fair being run by the NHS to open students eyes to the various jobs available in the NHS.

West Suffolk College in Out Risbygate.
West Suffolk College in Out Risbygate.

On Wednesday there will be a construction showcase and ‘women into work’ event where BBC Radio Suffolk’s James Hazell will be broadcasting live, and will feature talks from high profile female employers. The close of the week sees events showcasing the Degree Studies departments at West Suffolk College.

The week will see some prestigious industry leaders and companies host talks and seminars for the students including, Rebecca Dunn, BIM Coordinator at Kier Group and Jennifer Leeder, Senior Associate at Birketts.

Over 2,000 students from West Suffolk College and our partner organisations Abbeygate Sixth Form, Suffolk One Sixth Form College are expected to attend, and pupils from King Edward VI School have also been invited to attend throughout the week.

Laraine Moody, Vice Principal Employer Engagement at West Suffolk College said: “This is going to be a fantastic week for students with opportunities to meet and network with high profile employers, to browse current vacancies and to attend seminars, talks and workshops.

“Our mission at West Suffolk College is to not only provide our students with the qualifications they need to succeed, but also to provide them with the connections with employers in order for them to maximise opportunities and go forward into bright, bold futures. We know this week will be inspirational to our students on many levels.”

The Futures Festival will see the different events held across each day and across the three different college sites including the new STEM Innovation Campus and The Milburn Campus.