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Paul attended the Essex Network 4 Careers Conference event at Writtle College on 30th January and it was a really good event to find out about all that is going on in the county to support students into the Workplace. The event was hosted by Tracey Eve, Employability and Skills Lead (CEIAG Pre 16) , Economic Growth, Place and Public Health supported by a number of Speakers. There is so much to praise for the efforts of those involved and especially those who found time to attend. This event is supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company who work closely with all schools across Essex through their continued engagement.

There are not many businesses that attend and it is something we feel very strongly about at BWSIT, to give our time, energy and commitment. There is so much that can be done to help and we are regularly having Work Experience attendees. These usually come from local schools and we find having two at a time works best for us. The students learn a cross section of skills depending on what we have on at the time work wise. This really fits in with what the Essex 4 Networks Careers are trying to achieve, which is giving students a chance to engage with businesses.

BWSIT are looking to roll out a series of workshops to schools based upon building a website and then how to improve and market the website once it is up and running. Just having a website presence does not guarantee visitors and buying your products and services. There is far more to it and our Work Shops to schools will be invaluable for students. We are looking to roll this out in the spring, but are of course conscious of Schools commitments to exams and their curriculum set up, so need to work closely to deliver this.