Students explore careers at the docks

Students explore careers at the docks

A joint academy careers trip opened up a whole new world of amazing opportunities for two Bristol academies within the Cabot Learning Federation.

A group of 11 Year Nine students from Bristol Brunel Academy and City Academy spent the day at the Bristol Port Company thanks to an Insight Into Apprenticeships programme run by South Bristol Youth.

As one of the UK’s major ports, Bristol Port provides an extensive range of port, warehousing, logistics and distribution services. It is also the UK’s only deep-water port to have direct motorway and rail connections to all points of the compass.

During their visit, students explored the diverse career pathways available within the transport and logistics sector, gaining invaluable insights into the bustling operations of the docks. They had the chance to work with training equipment used to prepare port operatives, providing them with a firsthand glimpse into the dynamic world of port operations.

Craig Jordon, Careers and Employability Coach at Bristol Brunel Academy, said: “Operating the crane was my favourite part but the tours and talks highlighted the numerous opportunities that the sector and The Bristol Port Company has to offer from school leavers through to graduates.”

Rachel Martin, Careers & Aspirations Co-ordinator at City Academy, said: “It was a fascinating and fun day for the students who loved being able to control a crane. The employees at the port were very welcoming.”

This initiative between Bristol Brunel Academy and City Academy underscores the Cabot Learning Federation’s dedication to academies working in collaboration to give all students the best life chances possible.