Students tell schoolchildren ‘east London is the place to work’
Students from the School of Business and Law have been encouraging local schoolchildren to believe east London is the best place to build their careers.
The students were working with school groups at the Royal Docks Industry Day at ExCel London. About 100 children aged 11 to 14 attended the careers and enterprise event organised by London City Airport and Enabling Enterprise. Other local employers present included the Royal Docks, Crossrail, British Airways and Siemens.
It was an opportunity for UEL to engage with East London’s future talent and inspire the children to work in local businesses. Activities included a Royal Docks quiz, a careers carousel and a branding and logo competition. The pupils also tackled a local enterprise challenge on promoting the Royal Docks as a world class business destination.
UEL students helped the children as they brainstormed throughout the day and participated in the various challenges that the judges had set.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for UEL's education and communities team to work collaboratively with local businesses and many of our partnership schools in and around Newham,” said Justine Wright, Project Manager, Education and Community Partnerships.
“The ECP team raises awareness of higher education for students in local east London schools, encouraging young people to challenge themselves academically through inspiring and aspirational events such as the Industry Day.”
One of the prizes on offer was a taster day at the School of Business and Law. That prize was won by the Royal Docks Community School.
“It was great to see so many young people with a nascent interest in business being challenged to develop and pitch ideas to professionals,” said Ms Wright.
The teamwork prize winner was Oasis Silvertown and the overall winners were Little Ilford and Buxton schools.
The event’s organisers were also happy.
“The day was a great success and we want to express our gratitude for everyone’s support, time and effort, and that of your volunteers who came along,” said Claire Davey, CSR Executive at London City Airport.
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.