Over two thousand students, within the diverse community of East Central Bristol, and Weston-super-Mare converged on the University of the West of England (UWE) for the annual ‘Raising Aspirations Careers Event.’The event, now in its sixth year, is a combination of high quality careers information, advice and guidance that Year 9 students from fifteen different schools within and outside the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) took part.

The aim of this conference is to raise the aspirations of students and to highlight future pathways available to them at the end of Year 11.This event is also part of an intensive careers programme in schools and sits perfectly under the national agenda, including the Baker Clause and five standards of the Gatsby 8 benchmarks. Ofsted also holds the opinion that, this type of information is an absolute priority in preparing students for the next stage of their education and employment.

Bristol City Community Sports, Coach Makers, Avon & Somerset Police, Bristol Army Careers, RAF Careers, On Site, Bristol Medical University, North Bristol Trust, University Hospital, Bristol Reflections, SGS College, Boomsatsuma Film, Access Creative College, Hargreaves Landsdown, DAC Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, HMRC and HSBC are some of the organisations joining in this celebration of opportunity, inspitation and aspiration.

Susie Weaver, Executive Principal, CLF Strategic Lead for Careers and Employability said, “We are delighted to welcome a host of young people from across the South West to this key event. Raising Aspirations provides a great opportunity to build links between our children, their community and a range of organisations and businesses. The event supports young people to have real experiences which inform their hopes and aspirations and helps develop their understanding of the world of learning and work, empowering their decision making and supporting them in their choice of destination.”