Learners at Falmouth Marine School received an incredible insight into their career opportunities at the hugely popular and successful Industry Day event.
The event saw students discovering career pathways through a range of presentations and a business trade stand area at the College.
Marine-based industries contribute over £17bn and employ over 99,000 people as of 2015 and Faith Moseley, Business Engagement Assistant, Falmouth Marine School and organiser of the event, said there were more than 40 representatives from business.
“These included organisations such as Princess Yachts, The Royal Navy, The Environment Agency and Pendennis, and the feedback from students has been tremendous,” she added.
Steve Taylor, Team Lead Marine Science & Boatbuilding, Falmouth Marine School said the day was a perfect embodiment of the career college focus of the college.
“We pride ourselves in providing our students with as many different options as possible while they are with us,” he continued.
“By hosting Industry Day, we are giving learners the opportunity to network with prospective employers, help develop their communication skills and showcase the diverse range of job roles across the sector.”
With charities, technological businesses, leisure industries and marine conservation organisations all taking part, Industry Day allows Falmouth Marine School learners to fully explore their options.
Former student, Steph Barnicoat, trained in marine science and now works for one of the world’s largest providers of marine acoustic solutions Seiche Training, based in Devon.
“I really enjoyed my time at Falmouth Marine School, it provided me with all the right skills I needed and I now I work in the industry,” Steph explained.
“It’s great to be invited and to host a presentation about the work Seiche do across the world. I hope it inspires some of the students to follow in my footsteps.”
Charles Creighton, Level 2 Marine Science student said it had been “a great day”.
“Being able to interact with so many businesses is a real plus,” he continued.
“I particularly liked the individual presentations as these can give you lots of extra information and spark real interest.”
Several students were interviewed with Sunsail for summer vacancies during the event, while others had talks about volunteering in the UK and abroad.
“This day also gives students the chance to see for themselves that what they are being taught is what the industries need and expect of them,” Steve continued.
“This helps boosts confidence, passion and enthusiasm for their specialist subjects and is what will help provide the next generation of marine experts.”