Local students attend the first Tower Hamlets Careers Live event

Student, Ehsan, and English teacher, Edward Chessun, from the London Enterprise Academy.

A construction and engineering careers fair, hosted by Tower Hamlets Council and the University of East London, provided students with the opportunity to discuss their career paths with professionals from the industry.

Tower Hamlets Council, in partnership with University of East London, Queen Mary University London, London Metropolitan University, New City College and Canary Wharf Group, is delivering borough-wide Tower Hamlets Careers Live events.

Each event focuses on a different industry and aims to inform students about a range of career paths and training opportunities that could help them to kickstart their career.

The first event took place on October 6, 2022, at The University of East London. Students in years’ 9 to 13 were able to listen to speaker sessions from professionals at Morgan Stanley and Troup Bywaters + Anders and discuss career opportunities with representatives from 26 local and national businesses.

Ehsan, a year 10 pupil from London Enterprise Academy, attended the event on his 15th birthday and said that events like these “create good opportunities for us and help us to plan our future. They give us a wide range of things that we could do when we’re older. I wouldn’t mind coming every day!”

Edward Chessun, an English Teacher at the London Enterprise Academy, added: “We brought the students to the careers fair so they can get an idea of the different kinds of jobs they could do after school or university, and also to see a university campus. I think these events are really good, it’s a social event where the students can come and speak to adults in the industry, it’s great for them to speak to different people.”

Councillor Abu Talha Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, said: “I’m extremely proud that, with our brilliant partners, we’re able to deliver these Tower Hamlets Careers Live events across the academic year, each providing students with all the knowledge they need for them to start a career in their preferred industry. 

“These events are perfect for pupils who are beginning to think about their future and want to speak to accomplished professionals that can advise them on where to start. With more events in the series, I’d highly encourage that all the schools in our borough make the most of this opportunity.”

Attendees had the chance to discuss apprenticeships, internships, training opportunities, and career pathways with the businesses, of which included, the Waterman Group, a multidisciplinary planning, engineering design and project delivery consultancy, Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure group, and many more.

An employee at Skanska, a project development and construction group with sites in Tower Hamlets, said: “I was impressed by how well organised the event was. There was positive energy on the day and the students were asking great questions about their future career options and how to get there. It is always a pleasure to speak to enthusiastic students”.

The Tower Hamlets Careers Live events will run throughout the academic year of 2022-2023 and focus on the following industries: professional services, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, health and social care, creative industries, and public services.

Yvonne Bentley, Head of Outreach and Access, at University of East London said: “As a careers-first university, we were delighted to work in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council to host the first Careers Live event. The event was a great opportunity for young people to speak directly to employers and careers experts, gather information and explore future career opportunities.”

If you represent a school in the borough and would like to attend with your students, or are a student in the borough looking for career support, please sign-up to the events once they are live on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tower-hamlets-careers-live-40064289523. 

Posted on Tuesday 25th October 2022


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