More than 800 Wiltshire College and Sixth Form students from across the county have been plotting their next steps at an annual Higher Education Convention.
Wiltshire College hosted the annual HE Convention at the Trowbridge campus on Tuesday 24th April, which provided learners with an opportunity to discover more about the options available to them after completing their Level 3 courses, A-Levels or apprenticeship.
An impressive 79 per cent of those who attended said they were more likely to apply for higher level courses because of the event.
A total of 41 universities from as far as Brighton, Cornwall and Aberystwyth and more locally including Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, were on hand to talk about their range of courses, including the College’s university level experts.
The Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines graduate entry teams were also offering advice about career opportunities within the forces and officer recruitment and experts on volunteering and gap years explained the benefits of spending a ‘Year in Industry’ and local employers.
The event was organised by Harry Gibbs and Nicola Edger, National Collaborative Outreach Project Advisers, working with the Careers team and support and finances from the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN).
Harry said: “We were delighted to welcome more than 850 students from schools in the local area and our own students from each of the Wiltshire College campuses.
“We hoped to reach out across Wiltshire to ensure students were prepared and well informed about their higher education options.
“All the students engaged with exhibitors and we hope they found it very informative and helpful.”
Matt Betts, attended the convention from the University of Wales, Trinity and Saint David.
He said: “There was a really good atmosphere and I was delighted to meet lots of enthusiastic, enthralled students who were interested in finding out more about what we offer.”
In addition to the main exhibition, all students were invited to attended talks by university experts who gave valuable tips on writing personal statements and discussed the importance of choosing the right subject to study and funding.
There was a bespoke talk for Lackham students from Royal Agricultural University, which validates the College’s land-based higher education courses and more than 70 Creative Arts students attended a talk from the University of Creative Arts on the variety of creative careers.
Project Officer Nicola Edger said: “We would also like to say a big thank you to students from Foundation Studies who laid on and served teas, coffees and pastries and Catering students who put on a wonderful buffet.
“We had very positive feedback from the exhibitors!”