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Putting the spotlight on education at the House of Commons


Members of our Careers & Employability team delivered speeches at the House of Commons during a panel discussion – entitled ‘The Benefits of Education Question Times’ on Friday 17 November.

Chloe Johnstone, Skills Award Coordinator in the Careers & Employability team, explored how GSM London supports students into employment and helps them to ‘stand out in a crowd.’

This was also an opportunity to promote GSM London's Horizon Award - the institution's employability award scheme - and highlight the journey of GSM London's Student Unions' President Elliott Cox.

“I spoke about Elliott’s journey and how he used education as a tool to help build himself a new career path after his football career finished,” said Chloe. “I wanted to emphasise the fact that we are all different, from different backgrounds, different cultures and with different experiences.  The aim was to show that working together and networking, sharing these experiences and supporting others will help build students’ strengths and knowledge further."

Careers Adviser Alexander Reid focused on arming students for the workplace environment in his speech on work readiness in three years’ time after graduation. He also spoke about the need for flexibility when it comes to career choices.

The discussion panel brought together MPs, parents, students, community and educational leaders.

The event was organised by charity The Bendecido Practical Institute, which works to encourage more people into higher education by working with schools, colleges and universities. The charity reviews, evaluates, restructures and develops systems that can offer a smooth transition from education into employment.