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Pupils gain insights into the world of work


Pupils gain insights into the world of work

Nearly 500 pupils from 10 Telford & Wrekin secondary schools visited the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus recently to explore the range of courses on offer and speak to local business representatives about future careers in a variety of industry sectors.

The ‘Your Future, Your Choice’ event is a tailor-made careers fair for secondary schools which take part in Explore University programmes and Business in the Community’s Telford Business Class Cluster.  Explore University is a network for collaborative outreach led by the University of Wolverhampton in partnership with Harper Adams University, Keele University, Staffordshire University and Telford College of Arts and Technology. Business Class is a school-business partnership programme managed by Business in the Community, which creates long term and strategic relationships for mutual benefit.

Ian Hart, Head of Access and Outreach at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The event, aimed at pupils from Years 8 and 9, was designed to inspire and help students make an informed decision about future subject choices and how these relate to the workplace. Some of our local, big name employers from a range of industry and professional sectors came along to offer advice and support, alongside providers of post 16 training, further and higher education.

“The pupils will be able to use the opportunities provided through the event to help them understand how relevant their subjects at school are to the real world which, in turn, will inform their GCSE choices and raise their awareness about career opportunities and University courses that are linked to them.”

Sam Thomas, Careers Adviser at Madeley Academy, said: “The event was a huge success.  All our Year 8 and Year 9 students were extremely positive about the day and really enjoyed taking part in all the different interactive events at different stations. It was a great opportunity for them to find out more information about businesses in Telford and has helped give them a clear focus when making GCSE option choices.”

Pupils from Telford schools attend an event at the Telford Innovation Campus

At the event, pupils took part in interactive displays, demonstrations, games, quizzes and other activities including gaining an insight into the world of work as well as getting involved in industry related tasks and speaking to business people about real careers.

Business in the Community is a business-led charity with more than 30 years’ experience of mobilising business. It engages with thousands of businesses through programmes driven through a core membership of more than 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations. See more at:

Explore University provides a single point of contact for schools and colleges to access outreach to higher education and a range of aspirational raising activities.

Picture Caption shows two pupils from Madeley Academy with Dave Hughes, Regional Education Manager for BITC in West Midlands.


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Date Issued: Thursday 4th February 2016.

Notes to editors

About the University of Wolverhampton

  • Based at campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford and education centres in Stafford, Burton and Birmingham City Centre, the University has over 21,000 students and 2,400 staff. In addition, the University of Wolverhampton Science Park is home to tenant businesses and supports the development of innovative companies.
  • The University welcomes students from around the world and has regional offices in China, Malaysia, India, Oman, Nigeria and Cyprus. It has a branch campus in Mauritius and courses are also delivered with global partners in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, France and Cyprus.
  • It is investing £250 million over the next five years as part of the Our Vision, Your Opportunity programme. The ambitious plans to invest in education, training and economic growth include the £25 million Rosalind Franklin Science Building, the new £18 million Lord Swraj Paul business school building and the £65 million Springfield Campus, creating an international hub for construction excellence.
  • The institution’s excellent teaching and learning provision, which spans sciences, creative and performing arts, education, business and management, health and wellbeing, engineering and technology, law and social sciences, ensures 95% of graduates find employment.
  • Of the 13 subject areas entered in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, all had elements graded at the highest level as being world class. The University also entered more staff and more subject areas for assessment than previously.

In 2015 the University of Wolverhampton was awarded the highest possible accolade in the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) higher education review. The report highlighted areas of good practice such as initiatives to raise aspirations and achievement for students and the University’s commitment to enhancing their employment prospects. 


For more about Business in the Community or Business Class contact:

Ochuko Adekoya, Head of Media, Business in the Community, +44 (0)207 566 8758 


About Business in the Community

Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

BITC has more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. It engages engage thousands of businesses through programmes driven by our core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.

About Business Class

Business Class is a school-business partnership programme managed by Business in the Community (BITC). Schools identify their priorities for improvement and supported by BITC work with their business partner to achieve shared goals.

Business Class partnerships undertake activities across four areas; leadership and governance, curriculum, enterprise and employability and wider issues. Each partnership develops its own unique plan to address their particular priorities with the support and resources of BITC. Uniquely, Business Class partnerships come together to form clusters - an effective and powerful network which collaborates to increase reach and impact, develops new ideas and shares best practice and resources. The result is embedded, sustainable relationships between each business and school that allow for systematic change to benefit young people, particularly those facing social disadvantage.

To date over 470 partnerships have been established, engaging 1,000 businesses over 77 clusters and impacting on the lives of over 150,000 young people. The Destiny should not be Determined by Demography report, based on research by The University of Warwick and Bean research into the impact of Business Class and business education partnerships was published in November 2015 and is available here -


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