Our Year 9 students were invited by the North East LEP to attend an awareness raising day in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The creative industries sector contributed £109bn to the UK economy in 2021, equivalent to 5.6% of the UK economy. The LEP recognise that due to the fact that many people working in the sector may be self-employed or part of small enterprises, this can make it difficult for students to access opportunities in the sector, so organised the event as part of North East Ambition.

Students from King Edward’s alongside contemporaries from Dukes Secondary School had an inspiring key note from the Director of the Doxford group, Richard Shell. Hailing from Alnwick, Richard talked to students about enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the importance of seizing every opportunity. 

Following the opening key note, students separated into small groups to participate in a ‘speed dating’ type of event. Students had the opportunity to meet a whole host of people from different backgrounds, industries and job roles. There was a real focus on celebrating the North East as a creative and cultural hub, sharing important and informative Labour Market Information. 

Charlton Hall provided a pertinent backdrop to the event with its array of roles and opportunities. The event really explored the diverse range of roles and challenge stereotypes. 

The professionals attending and contributing to the event were thoughtful, attentive and really understood that this can be a bewildering time for young people. Huge thank you to the team at the North East LEP who provided an important and informative event.