15 March 2019
Information about university courses, apprenticeships, gap year opportunities and workplace training will be available at this year’s Higher Education Fair at Fort Regent.
Organised by Children, Young People, Education and Skills department, the fair will feature over 60 exhibitors showcasing the newest opportunities in Jersey, the UK and further abroad. The annual fair is designed to offer a variety of options for people thinking about their next career steps.
This year’s event includes a university course presentation evening at Hautlieu School on Wednesday 20 March at 5pm, when representatives from 24 universities will talk about the wide range of courses available, the various application processes including UCAS, funding for university and further-employment options. Highlands College will be among the colleges giving presentations on their degree courses and degree-level apprenticeships. Student representatives will also be giving insights to what life on campus is like.
Education Minister Senator Tracey Vallois said: “This year is really exciting as we are able to offer information about a range of new opportunities locally and around the world. Advisors from Skills Jersey will offer guidance and support and representatives from Highlands College will be at Fort Regent to discuss local degree courses such as the new Social Work degree, which starts in September.”
The Higher Education Fair, which in 2018 attracted more than 1,000 people, takes place on Thursday 21 March at Fort Regent from 1.30pm until 6pm. As well as advice on a host of employment opportunities, Student Finance staff will be available to answer any questions about Higher Education funding.
Highland’s College Principal, Steve Lewis, said: “It is never too late to study for a degree and our courses are open to people of all ages. We encourage anyone wanting more information or with any questions to come along to the fair and seek the guidance of advisors. Making the right choice of course and deciding whether to study on or off island are important decisions to make. The Higher Education Fair will offer you support in making the right decision to suit your personal circumstances and career aspirations.”
Lynne Haws, Head of Careers and Student Finance, said: “We understand that there can be an overwhelming sense of choice in Higher Education and that all people can study at a different pace and in a different way. The Higher Education Fair is an opportunity to chat with training providers in a relaxed atmosphere to find out as much information as possible, so that a more informed decision can be made. The series of evening presentations, the night before the fair, are also an opportunity to gain more information about studying abroad.”
Aztec Group, who are sponsoring the event for the third consecutive year, will be looking for school leavers and graduates to join their 2019 intake. Amanda Miles, an Associate Director from the Group’s HR team, said: “We‘re delighted to be sponsoring the Higher Education Fair again this year. We know it can be difficult to choose the next step after leaving full-time education, and the fair is a fantastic opportunity to explore all routes available. We look forward to talking to the attendees about how Aztec can support them develop a professional career in a rewarding and fun environment.”