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Local employers, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and MP Bim Afolami came together to bring the world of work to life for pupils from Roundwood Park School and Sir John Lawes School on Friday 23rd March.

The event gave pupils in year 8 the opportunity to learn about the some of the careers available to them in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based industries.

An interactive introduction to STEM careers

The day, hosted by Roundwood Park School, helped bring subjects to life with employers from Morrison Utility Services, Weldability, Rothamsted Research, Affinity Water, Willmott Dixon, AECOM and Atlas Copco. The companies hosted a series of interactive workshops designed to give students an immersive experience of working in different STEM careers as well as information on the range of career paths available to them.

Bim, who was responsible for creating the event, spent the day interacting with the young people and hosted a Q&A with apprentices Jordan from Morrison Utility Services and Samantha from AECOM who answered questions from pupils about their career choices.

Exploring the options 

Commenting on Friday’s event, Bim said, “I want young people in this area to have the best chance to not only transition into work but to thrive in their future careers. STEM careers are some of the most exciting careers on offer and give young people fantastic opportunities and I want teens here to have the chance to see and understand the many options open to them. This is why events like these are so important”.

Sarah Yong, Head of Government Relations at The Careers & Enterprise Company said, “We were delighted to attend this event on Friday with Bim and the Herts LEP and see the world of work come to life for young people. We know that the more encounters they have with the world of work, the more aspirations are raised and the greater impact it has on shaping a young person's future. The commitment from the local employers involved has been amazing and we look forward to doing even more in the future.”

A student from Roundwood Park School commented, “Today I learnt some practical skills and got some insight into what we can achieve and how various subjects link to real work.”

Senior Enterprise Coordinator, Gareth Dace, said, “Today has shown the huge importance of bringing industry and education together. We are committed to creating better links between schools and local employers to ensure that our young people can develop a much better understanding of the world of work and the opportunities for them within the county." 

"STEM and apprenticeships remain significant focus areas for us in Hertfordshire and we are grateful for the support of SetPoint Herts to put this event together. All the employers have delivered highly engaging workshops and activities which combined with Bim’s input will help to have created meaningful encounters for the students.”