North Shropshire College (NSC) held an action packed careers week last week.

The week-long focus on careers and progression provided exciting and interactive activities open to both NSC students, members of the public and gifted and talented students and pupils from partner schools.

On Monday, the College hosted an assessment day for students to go through a series of challenges such as an interview, psychometric testing from the Navy, a group task and lunch with rival delegates.

The day took place in order to give students a realistic experience of what is involved in getting a job. The students were put through their paces by Shropshire Council, BT, Glyndwr University, Arla, the Armed Forces and Big Local.

Tuesday was dedicated to apprenticeships and the Apprenticeships Team at NSC compiled a range of short informative video clips to help with key questions such as ‘how do I take on an apprentice?’ or ‘what does it entail being an apprentice?’

Clips went out via the College’s YouTube Channel throughout the day.

Wednesday and Thursday saw two large careers fairs being held at the Oswestry and Walford Campuses respectively.

Employers, further education and training providers and universities provided a busy and engaging fair whereby students and members of the public were able to obtain information, advice and guidance on a range of courses, careers and apprenticeships.

The College would like to thank all the amazing exhibitors who took part in the events.

The careers week was rounded off on Friday with an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity for some. Operating Theatre Live came to the Oswestry Campus,and this enabled students and pupils from local schools with an interest in medicine to get a hands on experience of carrying out an operation using animal organs within a portable operating theatre.

The day was sponsored jointly by NSC and the Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Allen Edwards, training adviser at the Orthopaeidc said: "We have supported the Careers Week by taking part in NSC Oswestry Campus careers fair and joint sponsoring Operating Theatre Live and believe that this has benefited our local community, in gaining insight into what careers are on offer in their local area.’

Jo White, business development manager at NSC said: ‘We have welcomed over 70 employers and universities, given a focus on apprenticeships and inspired 50 gifted and talented students and pupils from both NSC and our local partner schools, whose feedback forms were brilliant, we look forward to planning careers week 2019."