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Higher Education and Careers Fair 2017


Students from Years 7-13 from KBA and schools in the surrounding area were invited to attend our recent Careers and Higher Education Evening.  Over 60 organisations gave presentations or provided one to one careers advice.  The presentations included a trainee doctor from Leicester University  on ‘Applying for medicine and training as a medic’ and Stuart Ratcliffe from BBC (Look East) outlining ‘Careers in the media’ as well as information on apprenticeship routes and different aspects of university.

With a range of employers across many different sectors including engineering, construction, retail, the forces, the legal profession, healthcare and IT, students were able to gain an insight into a wide range of potential careers and the different paths that can be taken in order to pursue them.

Thanks to all our exhibitors and presenters who kindly gave their time in order to support our students.


List of Exhibitors




An outstanding training provider of Apprenticeships in England, specialising in the delivery of Professional Services Apprenticeships.




The world's largest provider of HR solutions, helping you to search and apply for jobs.


Aim Higher


Working to improve social mobility by widening participation in higher education through programmes of outreach activity.


Becoming an Entrepreneur


Offering advice on setting up your own business.


Kettering Borough Council Training


An autonomous business unit within KBC, working to promote Modern Apprenticeships as a valid alternative to full-time education and to support local industries and local young people.


Nital Training and Development


Providing world class apprenticeship training for young, aspiring engineers.




Guiding millions of students to make the right career choice.


Starting Off


Recruiting, training, and employing school leavers in Northamptonshire. If you're looking for work and qualifications, Starting Off can help.


United Teaching


Teacher Training scheme setting the standard for United Learning, a group of schools that, through sharing, can offer you more than any single school.


Work Pays/Get In Go Far


Apprenticeship support and information for young people.


Projects Abroad Uk


Experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements.


National Citizenship Service


A British voluntary personal and social development programme for 16- and 17-year-olds.


Year Out Group


Your gateway to the best providers and outstanding adventures for your year out.

British Army

Whatever you want for your future, a career in The Army will help you get there and with over 200 different roles, you’re sure to find the right one for you.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue

Find out about careers in the Fire and Rescue Service.

Northamptonshire Police

The Northamptonshire Police is a territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Northamptonshire.


The Royal Air Force is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed toward the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world.


Royal Navy/Marines

Joining the Royal Navy makes you part of a special team, protecting our nation’s interests all over the world.

University of Northampton Podiatry

The Podiatry Clinic is part of the University of Northampton’s teaching provision, providing podiatry students with hands-on clinical education.

Affinion Travel

One of the UK’s largest independent travel agents.

EW Languages

A freelance translator and language teacher providing advice on careers in languages.


University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years.

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

Providing first-class education, turning out graduates of the highest calibre who go out into the world and change people’s lives for the better.

De Montfort University

DMU Leicester is in the top 25 UK universities for graduate employability and ranked in the top 50 for student satisfaction in both The Times league tables and the student-led WhatUni? survey.


University of East Anglia

UEA’s intent is to give our students everything they need to thrive. In 2015 UEA ranked 2nd in the National Student Survey.

Eastern School of the Performing Arts

In conjunction with New College Stamford, for those wanting to pursue studies in Musical Theatre


University of Leicester

Nurturing new somebodies, who will explore, unearth, invent, imagine, innovate and help change the world.

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln offers students degree courses underpinned by research engagement.

Loughborough University

One of the country’s leading universities, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.


Moulton College

From post-16 to postgraduate and professional development, Moulton College provides full and part- time courses to set you on your way to a brighter future.


Newcastle University

At Newcastle University, part of the Russell Group, the focus is on academic excellence and the impact of academic work; these ideals define the University's vision.


University of Northampton

The University of Northampton's unique approach to social enterprise has led to a global reputation for producing graduates with exceptional employability.


Oxford Brookes University

Set in an historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.

University of Portsmouth

An excellent reputation for quality teaching and sustained, high levels of student satisfaction

Tresham College

Providing further and higher education courses in Northamptonshire.


UCFB Wembley

UCFB Wembley is situated inside Wembley Stadium, with classrooms overlooking the iconic pitch. An inspirational and motivational environment for your studies.

KBA Sixth Form

Information from our Sixth Form about your options after Year 11.


Kettering Academy (Football)

The Academy programme is a two year, full-time education and football development programme open to footballers aged 16-18 year olds

BBC (Look East)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster.

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Personal and Commercial lawyers with offices in Northampton, Kettering, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester.


Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.



A full service national UK law firm famous for client service and placed number 2 amongst national firms in the Legal Week Client Satisfaction Survey.

Bronagh Daly Ltd

Financial Services Consultant with over 15 years experience in the sector.

JPP Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers

Aiming to deliver a comprehensive consultancy service to all their clients from project conception through to completion.

Kier Construction

A leading property, residential, construction and services group.

Optimax Imaging Inspection and Measurement Ltd.

Supplying Inspection, testing and dimensional measurement solutions to the precision engineering sector. Customers from the Aerospace and Automotive world rely on precision measuring equipment to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of their manufactured components.

RPC Containers

A global design and engineering company specialising in polymer conversion in packaging and non- packaging markets.

Volkswagen Group Apprentice Programme

Train in world class facilities, learn from experts and gain the life and technical skills you need to build your career.


British Telecom

BT is one of the leading communications companies, serving the broadband, phone, TV and mobile needs of customers in the UK.

Untied Utilities

An independent energy consultant to businesses.

John Lewis

Department store with online shopping which includes fashion, homeware, sports and electrical items.


A multinational consumer goods company, whose products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.


Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

A professional body representing people who work in the fields of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom.


DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry.

Knights of Old

A transport company started as a family business in 1865.

Home Instead

Home Instead Senior Care provides award-winning home care to elderly people, allowing them to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

Medical Mavericks

The UK’s No1 careers, STEM & sport enrichment experience for schools & colleges.


Vets for Pets

A whole new veterinary concept committed to affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice.

Hewlett Packard

Offers worldwide IT, technology & enterprise products and solutions.

LCBC (Software Engineer)

Outlining career routes in software engineering

Optimum Computers

Providing technical solutions support services.

If you are interested in participating in next year's Higher Education and Careers Evening, please email joannemassey@kba.uk for further information.


Exhibitor Feedback from 2017 Careers Event:

Lynn Mentiply from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport:

Some careers events are better than others and KBA stands out as really good practice.

I like that they have their annual event in the evening as it also engages with parents. The hospitality of the school is tremendous and therefore the message they are giving employers is that they truly value our time.”

“Brilliant event, best school event I have ever attended, very well organised event, with lots

of interested students and parents.”

“Excellent evening. Really nice young adults. Really enjoyed it.”

“Lovely school, bright students, thank you.”