Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, had a stand at Queen Elizabeth’s School’s Careers Fair on Thursday October 11.

The school, based in Wimborne, hosts an annual Careers Fair, aiming to inspire students to consider their future, with a wide range of industry sectors represented. Superior is proud to have sponsored the Careers Fair, as well as providing bags and pens to all students on the night.

Superior’s recently graduated apprentice, Tom Vincent, aged 21, along with Katie Bodman, head of Superior’s training academy and Liam Stratten, training manager at Superior’s academy, represented the company at the event. Tom, Katie and Liam provided guidance and advice on STEM careers. Tom also delivered a presentation at the event, to parents, teachers and students, speaking about his apprenticeship journey and aiming to encourage others to consider an apprenticeship.

Tom is a graduated apprentice and is currently a quality engineer at Superior. He helped man the Superior stand, along with Katie and Liam, helping to promote the company and promote apprenticeships.

More than a thousand students and parents attended the event at Queen Elizabeth’s School, with over 70 organisations in attendance to welcome them. Superior represented the engineering, science and manufacturing sector, with other sectors represented on the night including financial services, hairdressing, hospitality, recruitment and plenty more.

Katie Bodman, head of Superior’s training academy, commented: “We are proud to support local events that encourage students to plan ahead for their future. It was great to meet so many students at Queen Elizabeth’s School that were interested in finding out more about what Superior has to offer them.

“We’re particularly proud of Tom for delivering a presentation on the night. It was great to see him engage with students at the event and help them learn more about what an apprenticeship actually is. Tom is a passionate ambassador for apprenticeships, as he is part of the Dorset and Solent Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN), which actively aims to champion and promote apprenticeships with young people and local stakeholders.”

Hayley Jones, careers advice and guidance manager at Queen Elizabeth’s School, commented: “The Careers Fair was highly successful and enabled our students to have access to impartial information, advice and guidance on a wide range of career pathways. We know how important it is to assist them to make informed choices about their future.

“Being able to meet face to face with industry professionals was an invaluable opportunity for our students and we’re very grateful to Superior for their sponsorship and support.”

Superior has its own company-run Academy, offering apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. All apprentices are given the opportunity to gain a degree. Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior’s aim is to get students of all ages interested in engineering, science and manufacturing.

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