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Fosters supports career aspirations of local students

Five of our recently qualified and trainee solicitors have participated in an online careers event with local students.

Created through a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Educate Norfolk, the Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme provides activities and events aimed at inspiring Norfolk sixth formers to aim high and reach their potential.

With 26 post-16 educational providers from across Norfolk signed up to the scheme, over 4,000 Norfolk teenagers have access to their support events, which aim to highlight a variety of higher education and career paths they could choose to pursue.

This is the fifth year running that Fosters has supported the Course and Careers in Law event, which sees our colleagues engage with students about their pathway into law, what it’s like working at a legal firm and answering their individual questions.

For the third year, due to Covid, the event has been held online – having previously been a live event with students invited in to meet the lawyers. Phyllis O’Grady from Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme explains: “Working with Fosters and rapidly switching to an on-line model created a blue print for many more events run over the last two years.”

“Because it worked so well we expanded this out to our other subject events such as Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science and Computing. It’s also tripled our engagement levels, as with Norfolk being a rural county it’s given more students the opportunity to participate from outside of Norwich.

“These events are a great opportunity to work with local businesses such as Fosters, as well as our educational partners in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and London, including the UEA, NUA, Cambridge University, UCL and UOS. Our scheme aims to find different ways to get young people engaged and excited about a wide variety of careers and to overcome any worries about going to university. We’d like to thank the solicitors from Fosters for giving up their evening to share their own personal experiences of studying and working in law, for the benefit and enjoyment of the next generation of solicitors!”

This article was produced on the 26th April 2022 for information purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as specific legal advice.