Second Employability Event a Success

By Martyn Hordern,

The first day of December 2021 saw the Partnership hosting an employability event entitled Journeys into Policing and Forensics.

This followed on from our inaugural event in the spring which saw police, forensic and academic staff all coming together to provide practical help and advice to students.

On this occasion the focus was on personal stories from a variety of speakers detailing their Journeys into Policing and Forensics with the aim of providing advice and guidance to students shortly to commence their own journeys into the field.

The Omicron outbreak impacted on attendance but almost 50 students were in attendance to hear IOP lecturer Martin Steventon, former students Sarah Felton, Craig Ratcliffe, Adam Newberry and Staffordshire Police’s Sam Danton tell of their experiences. After the event a video presentation from the worlds first Forensic Jeweller Maria McLennan was shared with the students who had signed up for the event.

Some common themes emerged which were tenacity and determination, looking for opportunities and volunteering as a means of gaining experience and confidence.

The success of the event was such that an event later in 2022 is planned in a slightly different format but again with employability at its centre.