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Langton Howarth attends inspiring girls career event at school

Also in the mix, promoting job opportunities in their sectors, were international accountancy giants KPMG, high street retailers Boots and Greggs along with insurers, gas suppliers and many more.

The event was organised by the Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise that works with the public and private sectors to foster social and economic regeneration. It was all part of their & lsquo;Make the Grade’ initiative which aims to drive up pupils’ aspirations whilst creating sustainable long-term partnerships between schools and businesses.

“We’re aiming to broaden our female students’ horizons,” says Leeds West Academy’s Jackie Rose. “The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the wide range of potential career opportunities for girls. A lot of students can take a very simplistic view. So for instance if they’re considering the legal profession they think that you’ve got to be a solicitor. The reality is, of course, that there are many supporting roles under the legal umbrella including finance, admin and marketing. They all require widely differing skills.”

Langton Howarth director, Emma Howarth was there to both present and field questions on careers in recruitment. “The event organizers, Ahead Partnership, were looking for female role models with interesting career paths. Which is why they came knocking on my door! I was keen to get involved because Langton Howarth operates an apprenticeship scheme. Our workforce is a diverse mix of people recruited for their ability to do a job rather than outstanding qualifications. Presenting to around 200 year 9 and 10 students is more formidable than some of my major international clients! I love the students’ enthusiasm and directness. I’m sure there are plenty of budding recruiters amongst them.”

Sami Holmes from Ahead Partnership added: “It’s been great to have Emma as one of our presenters at this event. As a recruiter her thoughts and advice on how to prepare for a job interview were really useful, helping bridge the gap for students between education and the world of work.”  


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