(L-R) Aiden Crombie and Connor Robinson from St.Bedes get some advice about further education from Shona Taylor-Gibson, representative for Sunderland, Newcastle and Northumbria universities.

College Hosts Two Steps Beyond Event 2013

Thu, 2002-06-06 01:00

Yesterday the College held the annual Two Steps Beyond event, which is designed to give local Year 10 secondary school pupils the chance to find out about a range of future routes in work, education and training after leaving school.

The event featured stands from different East Durham College curriculum areas of study as well as stands from other colleges, training providers, universities and employers from around the North East, which together gave the students information on what is available for them after completing their GCSEs.

The event, named Two Steps Beyond as it aims to give Year 10 students thoughts about their education choices two years before leaving school, was being hosted by the College for the fourth time.

The College host the event with exhibitors who hope it will help attract students to continue education within the region and give them a better understanding of what routes are available to them.

Joanne Henderson, Vocational Coordinator at Dene Community School said: “The Two Steps Beyond event gets better every year, the students really enjoyed it. They were buzzing with excitement when they got back to school.

“It’s a great event that makes the Year 10 students really think about their futures and gives them help and guidance on what’s options are available to them in the north-east.”

Over 800 students from five schools within the local area, The Academy at Shotton Hall, Wellfield School, Dene Community School, Seaham School of Technology and St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School were in attendance.

One of the event organisers believes the event is really important to the students and hopes it gives them a better understanding of what is available after leaving school. 

Schools Liaison, Promotions & Activities Manager Christine Booth, said: “We think it’s really important pupils in Year 10 get to understand what training and careers are available to them after completing GCSEs.

“We were delighted with how many training providers took part in the event and we hope the pupils found it useful in helping them learn more about what is available after they leave school.”