June 30, 2021
Festival of Progression
Varndean College students have been treated to a two-day ‘Festival of Progression’ this week after enduring over a year of lockdowns, cancelled exams and general Covid restrictions.
A variety of local employers were able to impart their knowledge to our Year One students, after which they welcomed Q&A. These included Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Bouygues Construction and Shoreham Port Authority. Speakers from further afield included Channel 4’s Senior Film Editor, Tim Highstead; Company Director of Edward Selden Recruitment, Rafe Knowles; and freelance editor Paul Simpson, to name but a few.
Local universities; Solent, Kent, Portsmouth, Sussex and not so local Aberystwyth University, were also engaged with students in application and statement workshops. Other exciting workshops/talks were held face to face, ranging from Oxbridge Talks, Gap Year Talks, Apprenticeship Workshops, CV Writing Workshops, as well as our extended Speakers' Stage offering talks by external speakers from a wide range of careers such as Medicine, Midwifery, Engineering, Politics, Occupational Therapy, Air Cabin Crew, Pilot Training, Social Work, Law, Construction, Journalism, Teaching, TV Production and many more.
And to give it a festival feel, there was also a BBQ, music and even an ice cream van and pizza van!