U.K Border Force were one of the most popular stands and brought three of their sniffer dogs with them


Organised by Leigh Academies Trusts Working With Business, on Thursday 11th July, Longfield Academy again hosted the largest internal careers event of the year, the year 10 Careers Convention. This was the 4th time that this annual event has been held by the Trust.


Attended by almost 800 students from Longfield Academy, The Leigh Academy, Wilmington Academy, Strood Academy and Milestone @The Leigh Academy, the event boasted the largest number of stands to date with some 55 exhibitors for students to speak with. Guests consisted of a varied range of businesses, universities, apprenticeships providers, public sector organisations, colleges and volunteering organisations. In addition to these, three LAT academies also took the opportunity to inform students of future educational options.


City and Guilds are now a regular attendee at this event

Kent Police are on a major recruitment drive

Several Universities attended: The University of Leicester, Canterbury Christ Church University, Ravensbourne University, The University of Westminster and the London Institute of Banking and Finance.


Orchard Garage talked to students about careers as a mechanic

The Army were another popular stand with their V.R, headsets


Hosts, Longfield Academy utilised current P16 students to talk about life in their 6th form

Wilmington Academy and The Leigh Academy took the opportunity to talk to all students about their 6th form offering


Busy Bees child care were first time visitors

STEM Ambassador, Min Keating is another regular guest

Think Forward work closely with Strood Academy


Information from Universities included degree apprenticeships as well as their more traditional pathways.

Connect Plus Services thought of interesting ways to attract visitors to their stand


ArcelorMittal were another new exhibitor


Flourishing Crown talked to students about the fashion industry


The European School of Osteopathy

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing Project discussed their onward plans with students


All students and guests were surveyed post event and comments included the following:


Student comments:


  • I thought the convention was very helpful
  • I learnt a lot about different careers
  • It is a good insight into my future options
  • Everyone was friendly.  I spoke to lots of people, especially universities and colleges as I am interested in IT
  • A great range of stands
  • The apprenticeships look interesting for construction
  • Very interesting – I would like to try something new with NCS
  • I found out accountancy is a good career for me as I like maths and I like experiencing new things
  • I found the NHS stands useful and  got the information I needed
  • I don’t want to sit in an office so I found the ‘hands-on’ stands really useful
  • I found the BAM stand interesting
  • I can now narrow down what I really am passionate about and know how to achieve it
  • I’ve spoken to people about different options, everyone was nice and helpful
  • It was all very interesting and made me focus on what I want to do – engineering.  I enjoyed talking to Lower Thames Crossing
  • I spoke to City & Guilds about apprenticeships. I found it very useful


Delegate comments:

    • Fantastic, lovely, interested students!   (Lauren, Meopham Vets)
    • Polite, engaged students.  Eager to learn about apprenticeships at such a young age  (Conor & Louise, City & Guilds)
    • Students have been asking engaging and challenging questions so even we have come away feeling we have learnt something about ourselves  (Sam, Cleantec)
    • The students were really enthusiastic and keen to learn more about Osteopathy  (Quentin, European School of Osteopathy)
    • A really well organised event and we felt very looked after. All the students have been very enthusiastic and friendly  (Eva & Max, Lower Thames Crossing)
    • Great to see so many engaged students putting their minds to their future careers. So many great discussions and brilliant to see interest in apprenticeships  (Daniel & Sam, John Lewis)


  • We really enjoyed the day and if we ignited a spark in any of them to join the construction industry, we will have achieved our aim. It was our first year at the convention, but we would love to be invited back next year and have already started to think about what we can bring with us next year. Being positioned next to the Border Force team with their canine friends was a bonus: we were capturing all those lured by the dogs (MACE)
  • I thought it was a very well organised day. LAT event team members came round during the event to make sure everyone was ok and to answer any questions. I really enjoyed the interaction with the students and was impressed with the interest they showed and questions asked.



Provisionally, a date of Thursday 9th July 2020 has been set for the next such event. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work in delivering this opportunity for our students.