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Igniting Aspirations: How Curious Corner Inspired Students at Longsands Academy

Inspire 2 Ignite continued its impactful journey reimagining the traditional career fair setup at Longsands Academy. By creating a safe and engaging environment, we enabled students to explore their interests and potential career paths in a meaningful way.

From Curious Jenga to Potential Career Path

On Tuesday, January 30th, the Inspire 2 Ignite team took its innovative Curious Corner to Longsands Academy, engaging students from Years 7 to 11. Sponsors including M&J Group and MacroArt Ltd contributed to the event’s success along with Ignite volunteers; Archie Hill, Daniel Dodson, Zion Ayokunnu and Sebastian Barnard.

A significant momentum unfolded when a student playing Curious Jenga shared her interest in roofing, inspired by her father. This led to her discovering the M&J Group’s apprenticeship scheme, exemplifying the event’s effectiveness in sparking career-relevant conversations and opportunities through meaningful engagement.

Dawn Thompson from M&J Group shared her thoughts:

“It was really engaging, we had lots of people engaging with our roofing rig and lots of interest in our apprenticeship scheme that starts in February and again in September."

Dawn Thompson- M&J Group

Over 1000 students attended the event to engage with the employers exhibiting. Sam Squire, CEO of Inspire 2 Ignite CIC added,

"It was great to see the young people get the chance to understand more about themselves whilst having fun engaging with the activities at the Curious Corner. Taking part in these events is so important to ensure the young people can see a range of opportunities for them and their future."

Inspiring students through engaging activities like 'Curious Jenga' prompting meaningful conversations and sparking curiosity.

The success at Longsands, St Ivo and Hinchingbrooke sets the stage for upcoming events in Peterborough, with Inspire 2 Ignite preparing to activate Stanground Academy and Nene Park Academy at their events in February. These forthcoming engagements underscore our dedication to transforming career guidance and empowering the next generation.

"My son told me that local businesses went in to school today to help give the kids careers advice. My son was full of info when he got home and had an idea of the path he wants to go down in the future. Thank you to Mr Powell who I believe organised the event. This has injected a refreshing energy, giving the students a boost to tackle the rest of the year with more enthusiasm and feeling heard. In the midst of everything going on right now, your engagement hopefully brought a different vibe to the school environment. You all truly understand what it means to be part of the community and making a better environment for our children. Thank you.

Anonymous- Parent