Buxton & Leek College
Careers Connection Week

Welcome to Careers Connection Week.

This week of information, events and talks is the perfect opportunity to find out more about careers and employability.

The Careers and Employment Service are pleased to bring you Careers Connection Week 2020. Hosted online for the first time ever, here you can find out more about careers, employability, decision making and even apply for volunteering opportunities to support your community.

Volunteering Fair

Our annual Volunteering Fair is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet local charities and find out how you can get involved in the community while gaining valuable experience for your CV.

The Volunteering Fair takes place on Thursday 22 October and Friday 23 October.

Explore the Volunteering Fair

University Zone

If you are thinking about going to university after your college studies then this is the place for you. We have inspirational videos taking you on students' journeys into higher education and a performed presentation from theatre company 2Engage about the journey from school to university. Through a fusion of comedy and storytelling they share the fears, excitement, highs and lows that are experienced in the lead up to going to university.

Higher Horizons' Introduction to University

Lucy from the Higher Horizons team explains everything you need to know about university: what it is, what to expect when you get there, what you can do alongside studying, and how student finance works.

Watch Lucy's introduction to university on YouTube

My student journey

Lauren, Lizzie and Lewis share their experiences of moving away from home to study at university.

The University Challenge

The University Challenge is a live session for schools, colleges and universities. The session focuses on informing students about the journey from school to university with the aim of inspiring them, helping them make more informed decisions about their furture, and raising aspirations.

Due to Covid-19, the face-to-face sessions have been put on hold so 2engage founders Ed Morris and Phil Goss share their journey via a short 'Lockdown Film' instead.

Watch Lockdown Film on YouTube

Live Q&As

Our University Challenge presenters will be available for live Q&A sessions on 22 and 23 October, 11am-12pm.

Sign up to Thursday's Q&ASign up to Friday's Q&A

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DANCOP online drop-in

If you are thinking about going to University, DANCOP can help you make decisions about the future. They have a range of resources which will support your learning no matter what stage you are at. Chat with DANCOP online on Thursday 22 October, 10am-12pm.

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Institute of Quarrying

The Institue of Quarrying provide an insight into the quarrying industry with their future up and coming leaders. You can chat with a member of the team this week!

Institute of Quarrying employees share their journey into the quarrying industry and give insight into their roles.

View Quarry Faces video transcript

Meet Longcliffe Quarry

Established in 1927, Longcliffe Quarries Ltd. has a long history in the production of pure limestone and dolomite. Their expertise ensures they can deliver quality products time and time again.

Jake Ramshaw, Engineering Supervisor, and Morgan Peel, HGV mechanic, both joined the organisation as apprentices. They share their journey in the following drop-down boxes.

My name is Jake Ramshaw and I am the Engineering Supervisor at Longcliffe Quarries. I have a passion for Engineering excellence in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

I started my journey at Longcliffe Quarries when I was 17 years old as an Apprentice Electrician. During my last year as an Apprentice Electrician I completed my 2394 & 5 (testing and inspecting). This was quite the achievement for myself as I passed this course before becoming a Qualified Electrician. Later that year I would pass my apprenticeship and become a qualified Electrician at Longcliffe.

After completing my city and guilds electrical NVQ I realised that the Apprenticeship I embarked on was not quite tailored to the Electrical Engineering path that I was on at Longcliffe. After exploring several qualifications and training courses I decided to do a post graduate course (HNC) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as I knew that this would give the fundamentals of Engineering that I desired to help me on my career path.

In September 2019, I was offered the position of Electrical Supervisor at Longcliffe Quarries. This position taught me vital leadership, communication, and time management skills.

In July 2020, I was then offered the position of Engineering Supervisor which is my current role in the business. Although unlike my last position, I am now the key figure within the Engineering Department. This role is rapidly progressing me in both my work and personal life as it has taught me to become a professional young leader within an innovating business.

I am Morgan, I'm 23 years old and from Matlock, Derbyshire.

I decided to do a HGV mechanic apprenticeship because I love engineering and am passionate about the industry. I started at Longcliffe in 2018 and have since completed my level 2 and I’m now qualified, working towards my level 3. I enjoy the course because it’s very much hands on, my colleagues and college lecturer are very helpful.

Live Q&A

Jake and Morgan will be online on Friday 23 October from 2pm to answer any questions you have about their journey, the company, or the quarrying industry.

Book onto the live Q&A

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Policing Virtual Open Day

Join Staffordshire University online on Thursday 22 October to find out about pathways into policing, talk to experts in police recruitment, and explore your policing career options.

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Buxton & Leek College HUB Re-opening

We are pleased to let you know that the Careers & Employment Service HUB in room DO/G01 reopens for drop-in enquiries on Monday 2 November. Call in and ask us about all questions regarding careers and employability, including:

We will be open at the following times:

Monday - 12pm-1:30pm
Tuesday - 12pm-1:30pm
Thursday - 12pm-1:30pm
Friday - 12pm-1:30pm


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