Skills North East Event

by Gabbie Donnison and Caitlyn Cuggy, Year 11

On the 18th September 2019, fifty two Year 11 students went to the Newcastle Arena to get information about colleges, apprenticeships, universities and lots of job opportunities.  One of the stands we visited was about nursing, where the nurse we spoke to told us about the qualifications that we needed and handed me a book about different careers in nursing.  We also went to a stand to find out about NCS (National Citizenship Service), where we found out that this is a four week course where you go away for a week of canoeing, rock climbing and archery, then come back to do some community action, all for only £50.  We also went to lots of other stands where they gave us booklets and information about colleges and jobs.  Caitlyn doesn’t know yet what she wants to do after school, but the skills trip helped her to find out all the opportunities that are on offer when she does finish.  I would like to stay on at Sixth Form at St Thomas More then go on to train to be a nurse or children’s nurse.  The skills event helped me to understand the qualifications that I would need to get to where I want to be in the future.