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Around 200 students have taken part in a speed-networking event to help them explore possible career opportunities with Island-based companies.

The students from Ryde Academy’s Year 10 used the event to speak to representatives from some of the Island’s leading companies including AI experts Innovative Physics, Liz Earle, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue, Pompey in the Community, NCS, BAE Systems, Laura Gate Eastley Yoga, The Garlic Farm, CLC (Care Learning Centre), Ella Sheppard School of Dance, Cowes Chiropractic Clinic, Vikoma International, Isle of Wight College, Hovertravel, Dover Park Primary School and Red Funnel.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely also attended the event – which took place on 28th February, prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Besides introducing students to possible careers and employers, the event at the school also helped the students develop their social skills as well as helping Ryde Academy in its aim of forming strong community links.

Rebecca Merrett, careers leader at Ryde Academy said:

“As part of our ongoing careers programme we aim to engage students with as much exposure to different sectors and industries as possible.

“Speed-networking is a good way of doing this because it means students glean a lot of information in a very short space of time from a wide variety of local employers. It also helps dispel myths that there isn’t good-quality employment on the Island.“

Rebecca added:

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“It was the third year we’ve run this event and it’s certainly one we will also keep in the calendar. In fact we are already planning for next year.”

Following on from the event, students also underwent mock interviews to further prepare them for the world of job-hunting.

Victoria Anderson Matthew, business development officer at Shanklin-based Innovative Physics which is a global leader in AI technology in the homeland security, nuclear and medical sectors, said she was delighted to attend the event:

“Though we do business throughout the world we are very proud of our Island roots and it was great to be able to show students that there are local companies who operate on a truly international level – with all the career opportunities that brings.”


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