OPA away-day at Birmingham NEC skills show

//OPA away-day at Birmingham NEC skills show

Students attend UK’s leading skills and career day!

 Excitement rippled through the swelling crowds of students at Ormiston Park Academy as students from years 9, 10, and 11 gathered animatedly, about to join the morning rush-hour commuters, and make the journey to Birmingham. Looking every inch the young professionals, students were venturing up to the West Midlands to visit the NEC Skills Show.  Adding to the excitement was the fact that OPA was the only school in the area to visit the Skills show, an exclusive opportunity of which they were a part!

Once inside Birmingham NEC, students buzzed energetically around the sprawling network of stalls and demonstrations.

Mr Russ, English teacher at Ormiston Park Academy, enthused:

The Skills Show was a fantastic event that provided Ormiston Park Academy  students a unique and exciting opportunity, gaining an insight into a number of different roles across a wide range of industries, sectors and organisations – it was brilliant, they [the students]  tried their hand at lots of different skills ranging from virtual welding to carpentry, stage design, cooking and IT, right through to make-up art and crime scene forensics, the armed forces and more – there truly was something for everyone!”

Emily Walker, year 10 student at Ormiston Park Academy, reflected:

I’m grateful for the privilege of visiting the show and for the opportunities it presented, particularly the chance to question employers about future career prospects.”

Those students who remained in school were also treated to a day of future focused fun at Ormiston Park Academy’s first ever Careers Day.  A bespoke skills and careers package, tailor-made to suit each year group, had been crafted, in order to deliver a successful and motivating career-orientated day.

Students positively revelled in their recollections as they shared stories with peers the following day, with the majority of teaching staff reporting a buzz in the air during their class activities.

‘Believe and Achieve’ could not be a more apt motto for the academy right now

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