What a great day, 30 very diverse livery companies attracting great interest from around 600 students (mainly 15/16 year olds) and 60+ teachers from over 30 schools.
“All my students have had a really great experience, the diversity of stands, was excellent, having so many young people on the stands sharing their experiences made it such fun. I will be wanting to bring 2 Groups next year – a really worthwhile day.”
“Thank you very much for the event. As a school, we found it very useful, students enjoyed seeing the building and meeting your colleagues …… More importantly they also found out about some interesting careers and got to learn about areas of employment they hadn’t previously thought of.”
The day started at around 7.15am in the Old Library. An event on Saturday Night finished at 3.00am on Sunday, some debris around but the Guildhall team were hard at work and by 8.00am – all cleared, tables out, table covers on, ready to receive the Stall Holders.
Baskets, Books, Bricks, Medical kit, Spectacles and Saddles an amazing plethora of things being carried to and fro.
At 9.45am the first schools arrived, the buzz started, which went on all day.
We were delighted that both our Aldermanic Sheriffs arrived in full regalia, (selfies were the order of the day) spending over an hour visiting the various stands.
They were followed shortly afterwards by The Lady Mayoress. (The Right Hon The Lord Mayor was away in Estonia) who visited every stand and took a great interest in all of the diverse presentations.
The Lady Mayoress also enjoyed meeting students and Liverymen from the Information Technologists where she is the Junior Warden:
We are extremely grateful to the City of London Corporation for sponsoring this event in its entirety.
Reception was manned all day by volunteers from the Educators, their help was greatly appreciated.
Livery Companies who took part and what they offered:
|AIR PILOTS||Test your aptitude for a career in flying and talk to professionals about the range of career opportunities|
|BAKERS||Bread and Cakes – icing and moulding|
|BARBERS||Find out about medical and paramedical careers – learn some basic techniques too at this stand|
|BASKETMAKERS||You never realised how many different types of basket we all need every day – try your hand at basket making|
|BUILDERS’ MERCHANTS||Discover the world of work in the supply chain to the construction industry|
|BUTCHERS||Find out what it is like to work in the meat trade and watch some demonstrations|
|CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS||A wide and versatile range of careers where those interested in maths and analytics will always be needed|
|CHARTERED ARCHITECTS||Building design, finding solutions, thinking creatively and working as a team on exciting new projects|
|CHARTERED SURVEYORS||Helping people to become qualified land and building surveyors, regardless of their academic, social or financial circumstances|
|COACHMAKERS||Discover the career opportunities in car and aerospace design and manufacture, have fun on the Scalextric track|
|COOKS||Do you know your fruit? Want to peel a potato !|
|EDUCATORS||Everything related to teaching and lecturing, talk about the possibilities you haven’t thought of in educationTake a Quiz – Write on a Wall.|
|FRAMEWORK KNITTERS||Watch and understand this skilful craftAmazing what can be made!|
|GARDENERS||Amazing careers in horticulture Spring is coming – get planting|
|GOLDSMITHS||Jewellery design and making – learn the techniques and try them out for yourself|
|HORNERS||Science Opens Doors – see how polymers underpin society and chat about science based careers|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS||Careers software development and hardware design, job opportunities down different pathways|
|INNHOLDERS||The world of hospitality and catering|
|INSURERS||Risk is FUN! Can you COMMUNICATE? Are you good at sums?|
|JOINERS AND CEILERS||Understand the skill required working with wood and talk to an apprentice joiner and carver while they work|
|LEATHERSELLERS||The world of leather, touch it, feel it and see how to work with it – identify different qualities of leather, find out re Leather Technology.|
|MASONS||Watch the experts carving and working stone and have a go yourself|
|PAINTER – STAINERS||See how to make amazing images and designs. Painting, Calligraphy, Millinery – Colour!|
|PAVIORS||The Construction Youth Trust guiding students about careers in the Construction industry|
|SADDLERS||Representing the saddlery trade for nearly 1000 years – Could you make a Saddle?|
|SALTERS||Chemistry and Conservation – can you save a piece of paper from destruction|
|SCRIVENERS||Enter a different aspect of the world of law as a Notary Paddington Bear never had as good a handwritten Label!|
|SHIPWRIGHTS||See how to build a boat|
|SPECTACLE MAKERS||Careers in ophthalmology – understand how the eye works and think about spectacle design for your friends|
|UPHOLDERS||Professional demonstration on upholstery and a chance to find out about opportunities for work in the upholstery business|
“Thank you so much for involving us, this is a great day.”
A Stall Holder
The very successful event, concluded with a reception for Heads and Teachers, Stall holders, Livery Masters, Clerks and other Liverymen.
We are already starting to plan 2018.
If you would like to be involved or want more information please contact either:
Images from the day