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Xaverian College working in partnership to empower the next generation

Students at Xaverian recently had the opportunity to explore their post-18 options and connect with industry professionals, as part of the College’s annual Pathways’ Day.  

Throughout the day, students met with representatives from a range of potential employers, from multinational corporations to local businesses and non-profit organisations, alongside further and higher education providers, to gather insights into the skills and qualifications required to thrive in their chosen fields. Students had the opportunity to drop into interactive careers workshops and discussions on topics such as CV writing, interview techniques, as well as a talk giving tips and advice on applying to university through UCAS.

“The Xaverian annual Pathways’ Day is a cornerstone of our commitment to providing students with the resources and support they need to succeed in their future endeavours. This year, the event is bigger than ever with over 60 universities and employers attending from sectors including health, finance, law, engineering, publishing and science.” said Lee Jackson, Careers Advisor at Xaverian College.

Melissa Sykes, Outreach Officer from Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We have a really strong partnership with Xaverian and a lot of their students progress to MMU each year. It is really valuable for us to come to these events and talk to students about our courses, the progression opportunities available, and also our first-generation scholarship programme that Xaverian students take part in each year.”

Kirsty McCollum, Associate from Mills & Reeve LLP, spoke to students, who were considering a career in law, in a workshop about their experiences and the various careers and different routes available into the profession, and commented, “It was great to see a room full of enthusiastic faces! Being able to talk about the many varied careers available in law is a really wonderful opportunity and we hope we’ve inspired students to consider a career in law following their studies.”

Xaverian student Brendan Heil, studying A Levels in Law, Accountancy and Mathematics attended the talks during the day, and commented: “It was interesting and insightful and I learned a lot about the roles of solicitor and barrister within the law profession. I have researched the various roles in law and criminal law appeals to me most and, after listening to the talk, I will look to enter the profession through an Internship.”

Xaverian College students typically progress to degree courses at university, however in recent years, many students are pursuing sought-after higher and degree-level apprenticeships with high-profile businesses, such as Amazon and PwC UK.  Simon Artley, from Elevated Knowledge Engineering Apprenticeships, spoke to students about Apprenticeships and the benefits of free training whilst working on the job and receiving a salary, commenting: “Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for young people to move from sixth form study into training, earning and starting their career. We specialise in supporting companies across Greater Manchester to recruit Engineering Apprentices, many of whom are post-18 and as well as post-16, into a wide range of exciting engineering roles.”

Gladys Obeng, who joined Xaverian in September 2023 to study A Levels in Mathematics, English Literature and Economics after completing her GCSEs at St Paul’s Catholic High School, said: “The College’s Pathways’ Day has helped me to become more informed about where I want to go in the future, the choices I’m going to make and how I’m going to get there. I have two options for my future of either becoming a solicitor apprentice or attending London School of Economics to study law with economics, and both will get me to where I want to be.”

Representing Speakers for Schools, a charity that works to raise aspiration among young people, Professor Linda Merrick CBE, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, commented: “It’s been a real pleasure to be here at Xaverian College today, meeting with some really interesting and motivated young people who are exploring their options for further study. I hope that working with Speakers for Schools and through the RNCM, we can encourage those who want to continue their music-making to consider the wide range of opportunities open to them and to follow their dreams.”

Lee continued: “At Xaverian we ensure all our students are provided with the information they need to make informed decisions about the progression routes available to them. It was incredibly encouraging to see organisations working in partnership to help inspire the next generation.”

As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers an extensive range of A Levels, and several BTEC courses that can be studied as standalone subjects or combined with A Levels. Visit xaverian.ac.uk to find out more.

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