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Celebrating another successful Grangetown Career and Role Model week!

18 March 2024

Local residents flocked to this year’s Grangetown Career and Role Model week in Grange Pavilion for an annual event which celebrates a wide range of career choices, and provides practical advice and guidance on accessing higher education, job applications and alternative career pathways such as entrepreneurship.

We captured a flavour of what was on offer, and what visitors took away from their participation in the event.

A film capturing the 2024 Career and Role Model Week in Grange Pavilion

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A South Wales Civic Engagement Partnership Pump Priming Fund meant that  the 2024 event was bigger than previous years, enabling us to collaborate with other HE and FE partners from across from across South Wales. Event visitors were able to speak to representatives from Cardiff and Vale College, the Open University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

The event took place at Grange Pavilion from Monday 4 – Friday 8th March every day after school, with each day a different focus. Visitors could engage with 50 stalls across the week, and get hands-on with practical activities, whether that was encountering the School of Healthcare Sciences’ simulations,  or controlling robots from the School of Engineering.

Talks and presentations were on offer on subjects ranging from pathways into healthcare degrees to the different career routes for English graduates, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama provided an interactive session of singing and drama exercises.

We were also delighted to host a bespoke campus visit (facilitated by the Widening Participation team) for some future university students and their families, getting a taster of life in the CSL!

Students from local schools took advantage of the event, including pupils from Ysgol Hamadryad, St Pauls Primary, Grangetown Primary, Ninian Park Primary, Fitzalan High, St Cyres School and Cathays High.

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of Careers and Role Model Week in Grangetown, so keep your eyes peeled for plans from the Community Gateway team!

The Open University in Wales team really enjoyed meeting people of all ages to explore aspirations and potential learning pathways through Grangetown Careers and Role Model week. The Community Gateway team created a welcoming buzz enabling partners to collaborate and community members to be curious, and we look forward to plenty more partnership opportunities to support lifelong learning in the future.

Sarah Roberts Senior Manager (Partnerships and Impact) at the Open University

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