Students, teachers, parents and carers took part in the second cross-county virtual pathways event in early October.
Sussex Learning Network, East Sussex Careers Hub and Coast to Capital Careers Hubs came together with support from West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, the Sussex Council of Training Providers and delivery partner Elev8Careers to offer a wide-reaching and large-scale virtual event for learners and their teachers and families.
Providing a platform for learners to explore their options and ask questions of local colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers, What Next Sussex was broadcast in schools and homes, with an incredible 9,000+ page views generated by almost 1,100 students, parents and teachers, across two events - one during the school day designed for teachers and students, and the other in the evening aimed at parents and carers watching with their teens.
One of the strengths of What Next Sussex is that viewers are encouraged to engage with the content that interests them, and there was in excess of 22.5K interactions throughout the day. These interactions included actions like live chats with the event contributors, watching videos and scrolling through different pages, with each viewer spending an average of almost 8 minutes engaging with the live and pre-recorded content.
The event attracted really good engagement from schools and colleges with over 80 involved as participants or presenters across the two sessions.
Following feedback from the first year lots of improvements were made to the event and feedback from participants was really positive:
'A really user-friendly platform for asking questions and finding information out.'
'I was knocked out by the range of questions and by how accessible the What Next format made us as a college to prospective applicants.'
Victoria Sinclair, Futures Leader at Ifield Community College, West Sussex added: ‘After the upheaval of the last two academic years, What Next Sussex is a great event to help our students feel purposeful, supported and confident in their decisions about their future.’
Joanna Wood, Careers Leader, Hove Park School said: ‘We are delighted that What Next Sussex is running again this year. It is such a great opportunity for our students to meet employers, colleges and trainee providers all in one space - they get so much out of taking part as it really helps their understanding of what comes after school.’
All the content for the event was designed to be as flexible for schools and learners as possible and is available for on-going use.
For more information on What Next Sussex please contact Charlie Field on email@example.com