Careers Fair and Fashion Display

Ayrshire College
7 September, 2013

The Curators had visited the 2012 Festival Aerienne at Gimont, a small town west of Toulouse, which is now in its 8th year. There a fundamental objective has always been to attract young people into the aerospace industry, which dominates that corner of France, home to the Airbus. One element of the Gimont programme was a careers fair for young people, and the Festival organisers proposed to Ayrshire College that they might host a similar event as part of the Festival of Flight.

The College was not absolutely certain that this was the right time for a Careers Fair, as the academic year had just started. Nevertheless they greeted the idea with enthusiasm, circulated the local aerospace companies, and brought in three speakers for the afternoon. In order to help raise the profile of the aeronautical training facilities available in Ayrshire at the College, the Careers Fair also formed part of the Ayrshire Open Doors weekend.

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Originally the College had also planned a catwalk show earlier in the week, with a mixture of airline uniforms and student designs, but this proved too difficult to organise within the time available. So an excellent Fashion Display was scheduled for the same Saturday as the Careers Fair, including an original World War II wedding dress made from parachute silk and a contemporary student design in the same material, obtained by RAFA.            

Parachute silk wedding dress     2013 Parachute silk dress
1940s                                       2013

Hospitality students provided catering for the two events.

Woodward stand 
Careers Fair