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Hundreds attend 'inspiring' careers event

Last Modified November 18, 2022

More than 500 youngsters from across Hertsmere were able to get a steer on their careers from the very people in the know at an event bringing employers and secondary school students together this week.

The Generation Hertsmere event, which was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Borehamwood on Wednesday (16 November), enabled youngsters from a range of schools, including Bushey Meads Academy, Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood, Mount Grace School in Potters Bar, Falconer School in Bushey, Queens' School in Bushey, Elstree Screen Academy in Borehamwood, Chancellor’s School in Hatfield, Forest House Education Centre in Radlett and Yavneh College in Borehamwood to meet and chat to representatives from nearly 50 businesses, including Sky Studios Elstree, Canada Life, Bio Products Laboratory, Computacenter, InspireAll, the NHS and a host of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The event was organised by our economic development team, Hertsmere Works, in collaboration with Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company.  

Mayor of Hertsmere cuts a ribbon to open the Generation Hertsmere event.
Opening the Generation Hertsmere event were, from left to right, Adrian Hawkins; Sajida Bijle, our Managing Director; Cllr John Graham, Mayor of Hertsmere and Cllr Clapper.

It's the first time an event of this kind has taken place in the borough and is in line with the aims of our new economic development strategy. 

Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Cllr Caroline Clapper, said: “I want to thank everyone who took part to help make this event as rewarding, informative and enjoyable as possible.

“Speaking to some of the young people who attended, I think they found it an exciting and truly inspiring experience. It really opened their eyes to the opportunities around them and within their grasp.

“I hope businesses found it equally inspiring to speak to the exceptionally talented and hardworking youngsters living in our area, who will one day be great candidates for future roles in their workforce.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel, said: “These events play a crucial role in providing opportunities for local people, enabling employers to strengthen their relationship with local schools and colleges to develop their future talent pipeline.

“Supporting this is our careers portal, HOP (www.hopinto.co.uk), which connects employers to local talent and provides a vast bank of advice and resources to guide young people into careers they love. We urge everyone to visit HOP today.”

Posted on Friday 18th November 2022

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