At Wirral Met we celebrate this week like no other because it is literally what we do every day through our career led courses. Today we welcomed industry partners and guest speakers from the Civil Service, Manchester City Football team, music, automotive and electrical industry, and University of Liverpool.
Starting off the day was Emily Lansley, a Wirral Met alumnus, from electro pop band Stealing Sheep to speak to our music students about her career in the music industry and the challenges of making it in today’s music world. Emily started at Wirral Met on a Foundation music course before moving onto graphic design. Since the release of their albums Stealing Sheep have been in demand as multidisciplinary public artists as well as musicians performing at UK festivals. What began at home and in their studio at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory has led to working with producers including Marta Salogni (Bjork, MIA, Factory Floor), Andy Smith (Years & Years), Ash Workman (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy) and Joe Wills (video artist for Little Dragon) and 8bit video artist Pastle Castle (Emily Garner).
Public and Uniformed Services and Sports fitness students welcomed in Cheshire Police, HMP Prisons and Probation Services, Steph Houghton MBE and Dr Elle Turner from Manchester City WFC and FIFA, along with drug dog Juno!
Steph Houghton MBE spoke about her background and how she got into football despite the obstacles and gender bias experienced along the way, and how it has led to her being the captain of the England team, scoring three goals at the 2012 London Olympics, and being awarded an MBE for her services to football.
Dr Elle Turner, along with her drug detection dog Juno, joined Steph in talking about her career not only as a Physical Performance Mentor at FIFA, but also Sports Scientist for Manchester City Football Club Women’s first team. Dr Turner spoke about her experience studying at the University of Salford, working at big championships such as the UEFA European Championship and also about working with drug and bomb detection dogs of which she has four. Students were inspired and impressed having gained a sense of the different careers available to them after their studies.
The day also saw Hospitality and Culinary Arts students taking part in a mocktail demonstration from Liam, Co-owner of The Wild Inn, and a Marcus Wearing webinar. Accountancy and business students heard about career opportunities within the civil services, whilst construction students gained insight into electrical system career pathways with Ajax Alarm Systems and Click Scolmore.
Automotive students undertook an employability activity with Birkenhead Car and Van Hire looking at business plans for a 100k garage, followed by guest speaker from Vauxhall.
Thank you also to Mind Clarity, A-Z Safari, No. 7 Community Café and all contributors for #NCW2023 today!