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Department for International Trade (DIT) permanent secretary, Antonia Romeo, met with members of the Capital to Coast Local Enterprise Partnership, our Regional Lead for the South East, Georgina Angele, and pupils from Oasis Academy Shirley Park to discuss opportunities in the civil service and to share her own career journey.

Antonia Romeo met teachers and pupils at Oasis Academy, part of the Enterprise Adviser Network, where she learnt more about the work taking place at the school to provide crucial careers provision, which will enhance the life chances of its students.

Support from the local business community

Michelle Gibbins, Head of Careers at the school, ensures that all students have a wealth of opportunities to help them prepare for the world of work including interview skills, work experience and personal career progression planning sessions. She is supported by the school’s Enterprise Adviser, Tessa Oversby, who brings a wealth of experience of the workplace from her time as an Employability Manager at Barclays Bank.

Georgina Angele, Regional Lead at The Careers & Enterprise Company said:

“It has been great to see the excellent work being done by Oasis Academy Shirley Park and inspiring to see first-hand the important partnership between the school and the LEP. Connecting young people with local employers helps to ensure they are better prepared for the world of work and we are pleased to be able to share our experience and insight with our colleagues from DIT.”

Adam Browne, Interim Principal of Oasis Academy Shirley Park, said:

“We are very grateful to The Careers & Enterprise Company for all the work they do with our students.  At Shirley Park we raise the aspirations of all our young people, providing them with the opportunities to fulfil their full potential.  Through this partnership, they gain valuable experience of what they might like to do after they leave education.  It was a pleasure for us to welcome Mrs Romeo and her colleagues from the DIT to show them how our students benefit from our work together.”      

Malcolm Brabon, Head of Services at Coast to Capital commented:

“It was great to see Antonia Romeo inspire a room full of eager young people who had intelligent probing questions around international trade, Brexit and thinking about civil service as a potential career choice.  It was clear that many of the students had increased their knowledge about the opportunities available to them which is precisely what the Enterprise Adviser Network is there to help achieve.”

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