Wrekin College


Forthcoming Guest Lectures

8 November and 22 November, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

These events are being hosted by Graham King from the ITR Academy whose members are coming in to talk to all of the Sixth Form on a rolling basis. These lectures are about preparing for work and will be teaching skills required to enter the workplace, including CV writing, interview techniques, presentation skills, etc. ITR is a company specialising in training staff to be more employable.

15th November 2017, 3pm – 6pm

18+ Apprenticeship and Careers fair. This will be hosted by the Business School and will be open to the wider public, aimed mainly at 18 year olds. There will be a number of organisations in different industries present to discuss opportunities available including the Military, Finance, Engineering Construction, Law amongst others. Please contact for further information


Friday Guest Lectures - Previous Events

20 January 2017

Tim Firth, Headmaster of Wrekin College, opened this term's career talks in the new Business School on Friday 13th January. He captivated his audience with his passion for teaching; his study of English Literature at University; his love of cricket and the creativity that is encompassed within the one role. There are not many professions which allow you to do something you love, carry on your hobby and develop your personality in the way teaching can. Tim suggested to the students to be a great teacher, you have to be the best version of yourself and love what you do. You need to be impatient; to challenge people and push them to their potential and beyond. He also said that there are lots of overseas opportunities and to take hold of these opportunities and run with them.

27 January 2017

Ben Nicoll, an Old Wrekinian, talked in front of a packed audience of pupils on Friday 27 January about how a gap year is a way of doing something different, exciting and being responsible for yourself. Ben suggested:

  • using online forums and Google to find out information about gap years
  • have a plan as to what to do during this time out
  • travelling with friends is more fun than travelling alone
  • be wary of pre-paid trips as the trips are scheduled and often not as flexible
  • if you intend to go to university afterwards, gain a place before leaving - it's a reason to come home!

Read more about Ben's talk here

3rd February 2017

Ant Eddies-Davies talked about his career as an adventurer, educator, guide, Nepal expert and, latterly, advisor to Bhutan on the development of its fledgling tourism industry. He is also the founder of Live the Adventure, currently one of the only travel companies outside of Bhutan accredited by the country’s tourism council. Ant’s experience in teaching and training people in the art of river rescue and water safety means he's called upon by everyone from the emergency services to international defence forces - a fascinating talk!

Read more about Ant's talk here

10 February 2017

Jade and Rachel, Graduate Ambassadors from the University of Worcester visited Wrekin Business School to talk to the students about their university, life there and the courses they undertook; Sports and Business. They suggested that when looking at courses, choose one that you are passionate about. Look at sandwich courses so you can utilise time to work and earn some money. Go to open days so that you can see the campus and get a feel for that university as it is really important in determining which one is right for you. Talk to lecturers on the open day. Our visitors also suggested students look at modules within courses at various universities as they may be different and this may also help students to decide which university to go to. To follow the Graduate Ambassadors on twitter click here

3 March 2017

Ray Hughes from the not-for-profit organisation which is aimed at regenerating Wellington’s town centre visited us to talk about his work.

10 March 2017

Jared Guest is a recent Old Wrekinian and set up his business while still at school. He spoke about how he started his business, the pitfalls and why he decided to work for himself. 

24 March 2017

Andy Stevens was the CEO of Commercial Bank in Qatar and latterly came back to Shropshire to open Hencote, a health and wellness retreat on a large country estate on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Andy talked about his time in banking, his change of career and how to use previous knowledge and experience to create new challenges and business potential.

5 May 2017

Chris Lewis, an Old Wrekinian talked about his experiences and changes in career, showing how unlimited choices are! 
From Wrekin College Chris went to Welbeck College Sixth form, then into the Army before injury forced him to do changed his direction to studying Biochemistry at Aberystwyth Univesity, he then taught Chemistry at Concord College. 
After his recovery, Chris returned to the Army in The Royal Corps of Signals where he served in a variety of roles including as an instructor, an intelligence officer, a commander, and a strategic planner for the invasion of both Iraq and Afghanistan; deploying to countries such as Kosovo, Iraq, Afghan, Diego Garcia, US and  Middle East generally. 
Chris left the military as a Major to work in the defence and security industry, delivering capability to all elements of Government agencies and defence organisations - concentrating on C4ISTAR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnoissance). 
His current role is heading up Business Development in Europe from Electronic Warfare and Cyber Security for a company called L3 TRL. Further academic study was for an MA in Sales Management (Portsmouth) and he is currently in the final year of a Doctorate in Business Strategy at Chester University. As well as being a guest lecturer at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Professional memberships are Member of Institution of Engineering & Technology and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. 

15 September 2017

The first talk of the new academic year was Business to Business - the Story of Globalisation by an OWA; Mr David Macdonald. David has worked with companies all over the world and talked to the pupils about his experiences during that time and how businesses influence one another. He will then talked about globalisation and how that impacts on businesses.

22 September 2017

Andy Hurd talked to the Sixth Form about 18-plus apprenticeships; their place in developing skills, qualifications and individual long-term goals.

25 September 2017

Business simulation competition for the Sixth Form, run by Guy Giffin, a business expert who specialises in training staff using computer simulations. Students worked in teams of three and set-up and managed online companies with the goal of winning the competition.

6 October 2017

We heard from Emma Jones, HR Recruitment Specialist from Ingenium Search Ltd whose field is executive search consulting specialising in +£50,000 roles with a particular expertise in Human Resources. Emma talked about the recruitment industry, her experiences to-date, opportunities for young people and what to expect from getting a job in this industry.