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Wandsworth students invited to explore Nine Elms careers

Wandsworth students are invited to attend this year’s Careers Expo.

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March 11, 2016

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Wandsworth school and college students will find out about the wide range of career opportunities coming to Nine Elms on the South Bank at a ‘Careers Expo’ later this month.

The event, run by Wandsworth Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 and will showcase the many different industries taking shape in this rapidly changing part of the borough. The area is on course to become a major new central London business district over the next ten years, creating thousands of jobs.

WHEN: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 23 March

WHERE: South Thames College, Wandsworth High Street

The open day will showcase careers in retail, finance, hospitality, catering, administration, creative and digital, construction, design, engineering and many more.

Many of major Nine Elms employers will be there alongside training providers, colleges and the council’s Work Match recruitment team which is dedicated to helping local residents into work.

Young people can find out about the various pathways into different industries, including apprenticeships, traineeships, college courses, graduate schemes and work experience.

Employers taking part include Sir Robert McAlpine, Ballymore, Bellway Homes, Berkeley Homes, St. James Group, Battersea Power Station Development Company, Carillion, Skanska, Knight Frank, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Let Me Play (sports), Etio (film making and advertising), Waitrose, Wandsworth Council, Exterior Architecture, Chocolate Films and Tideway.

A keynote speech will be provided by Liz Waters from construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine which is building the new US Embassy on Nine Elms Lane.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said:

“The new Nine Elms is an enormous source of jobs and growth for London and it’s through events like this that we are making sure our local young people are the first to benefit.

“The area is already a major hub of construction, design and engineering work and more permanent businesses are opening up including shops, art studios, bars and supermarkets. They will soon be followed by two embassies, office blocks and an entire new town centre. There is over six million square feet of new commercial floor space being created here which will support 25,000 new jobs.”

Wandsworth schools and colleges can book their visit to the Expo by contacting ntierney1@wandsworth.gov.uk.

The event is part of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Education Links programme which is all about connecting local school and college students with the many career and training opportunities springing up from Nine Elms.

The area’s new investors have donated thousands of hours to supporting Education Links, which involves a range of high quality work experience placements, career taster sessions, site visits, school visits, career open days and skills workshops linked to the curriculum.


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