County's largest HE convention to take place at Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College is hosting the county’s largest Higher Education fair tomorrow, with more than 1,000 students expected to visit the Trowbridge campus to find out the options available to them in the future.

The convention has been organised in partnership with local Sixth Forms including The John of Gaunt School, St Augustine’s Catholic College, Melksham Oak and Kingdown School.

More than 40 universities are attending the event and for the first time this year representatives will be coming from Aberdeen University, representing Scottish Higher Education as a whole.

In addition to speaking to the different universities, there will also be presentations on writing personal statements, choosing the right degree course and student finance.

Richard Wiltshire, careers education and guidance manager at the college, said: "For the county to have its own Higher Education convention is a real boost for the people of Wiltshire and with the college bearing the costs, we have made it available free to everyone."

For those wanting to explore other options there will be stands providing information about year out opportunities, volunteering, year in industry and Higher Education grants for people living in Wiltshire.

Karen O’ Connell, director of Trowbridge campus, said: "With the increasing cost of HE many people want a local offer and Wiltshire College has a huge range of courses available that will enhance their employment opportunities."

The Fredericks Foundation will also be talking to young people wanting to start up their own businesses.

There is restricted parking at the campus so visitors are advised to park legally in local streets and walk to the main reception, where staff will direct them to the convention.

The convention will take place at the Arc Theatre and Sports Hall from 9.30am-1.30pm. For more information visit www.wiltshire.ac.uk/careers

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