Career Ready students network with apprentices and graduates at Aviva

Students at Prior Pursglove College were given an insight into what it’s like to work for a worldwide business during a workplace visit to Aviva in York at the end of last year.  

During the visit students at the college took part in a ‘speed networking’ session with current apprentices who shared their experiences of applying and working for Aviva.

Shona Frankland, a Career Ready student at Prior Pursglove, said: 

"I enjoyed the speed networking sessions and learning about what people did after college, what they studied and what they found hard to learn about the business.

“There were also some interesting facts about the business and how people got to where they are today – starting from the bottom and working their way up to the top.”

Students also took part in a group task with an employee on the graduate programme where they learned about the importance of working as part of a team.

During the visit students heard from Ceri Connelly, UK and Ireland HR Director, who gave them advice about making a positive impression at an interview.

Akeel Majid, another Career Ready student, said:

“Hearing from the HR Director was very interesting – she opened my eyes into different career paths and alternatives I hadn’t considered.”

Karen Fuller, Career Ready Regional Manager for the North East, said: “Visiting Aviva was a fantastic experience for students at Prior Pursglove, who got to hear about the range of school leaver and graduate programmes on offer. 

“One of the graduates used to attend Prior Pursglove which really helped all of the current students realise what they could achieve in the future.

“Workplace visits like these help to raise students’ aspirations and show them the range of career opportunities that are open to them within different companies.”

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