The students had a career fair at Wood Green in Godmanchester. Image: TIM GEORGEThe students had a career fair at Wood Green in Godmanchester. Image: TIM GEORGE

At the event, 700 students from six secondary schools in Huntingdonshire visited 88 booths and activities to learn about future career opportunities on their doorstep.

Organized by EDGE – Huntingdonshire's Jobs and Skills Facilitator – the event brought together representatives from the fields of civil engineering and construction, engineering and electrical engineering, finance and banking, animal welfare, armed forces and health and social care.

The event provided hands-on opportunities to try out tasks and get a feel for some of the locally hired jobs, as well as support and advice on the training and skills needed to get into it.

The most popular among the activities was the "Pit Stop" at the Cambridge Regional College, which gives students an insight into the various professions and skills of Formula One racing. These sat next to the local company Titan Motorsport and announced the available training opportunities.

The students had a career fair at Wood Green in Godmanchester. Image: TIM GEORGEThe students had a career fair at Wood Green in Godmanchester. Image: TIM GEORGE

Also popular were the simulation excavators and bridge construction purchased from a number of contractors working on the A14 refurbishment and development of Alconbury Weald, as well as a full vehicle fleet of the Huntingdonshire District Council surgical team.

Naomi Larner of Cambridge Regional College said, "The students had a great time getting along in our car, and the nice thing was that there were hundreds of students during the day, that we had time with each group to try it out Find out about the activities and learn more about career and training opportunities.

"Both the Huntingdon campus and the Cambridge campus nearby, the new iMET center for highly skilled apprenticeship and the Cambridge, Peterborough, Anglia Ruskin and Cranfield Universities are all within half an hour's drive. It is really important that young people know the training opportunities and options open to them and the jobs right on their doorstep. "

The schools involved were Abbey College, Ramsey, St Ivo, Sawtry, St Peter's, Longsands and Ernulf Academies. The cost of coaches for student transportation to the event has been covered by the A14 Implementation Group as part of its commitment to local jobs and skills development. Other costs were borne by Urban & Civic, the owner and developer of Alconbury Weald, and the founding partners of the EDGE partnership.

The partnership consists of Urban & Civic, the Huntingdonshire District Council, the Cambridge Regional College, the Department of Labor and Pensions and the environmental organization Groundwork.

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