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New programme to forge career links with employers

Published on 14/03/19

A new careers programme at The Hewett Academy will help students to make contact with the region’s employers and build the career skills they need to succeed after leaving school.

The school’s new enterprise advisor Barry Dennis, who has had a long and successful career in business leadership, is set to forge links with industries in and around Norwich as part of the school’s extensive careers education programme.

Barry, a former managing director of publishing company Archant Norfolk and currently a career and enterprise mentor for the University of East Anglia, has worked with Hewett careers lead Natalie Freeman to set up a range of activities bringing students and employers together.

These include ‘speed networking’ events where students meet representatives from local businesses face-to-face, and myth-busting sessions challenging traditional stereotypes of people working in particular careers.

Barry will also help students develop key employability skills such as CV writing and interview techniques through a series of workshops.

Barry said: “I did some work around magazine production for some Hewett students a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the school so I’m delighted to be back.

“I believe that my experience and contacts will help connect students to the local business scene as they plan their career paths.”