Investing in the next generation

The third annual Generation Broxbourne event took place on 6 March 2024 at the Spotlight, Hoddesdon.

Hundreds of students from local secondary schools and over 30 employers, both local and national, attended the showcase of opportunities for young people.

Year 10 and 11 students from schools and colleges in the Borough of Broxbourne were able to speak with key industry and sector leaders to find out information on the career opportunities available to them in the future.

The event was funded by Broxbourne Council and the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP), which is managed by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

HOP is the premier gateway in Hertfordshire to explore careers advice and opportunities around apprenticeships, skills training and engagement with schools.

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The event was officially opened by Councillor Paul Seeby, Mayor of Broxbourne and Councillor Steve Wortley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lewis Cocking was also in attendance at the event.

Councillor Lewis Cocking said:

Broxbourne is an exciting place to be at the moment and there are a wealth of opportunities on the horizon for young people.

With new developments such as Sunset Studios and Brookfield Riverside, I am keen to ensure that the young people of Broxbourne learn what is available to them so they can make the right choices now.

Councillor Steve Wortley said:

It is good to see so many young people attending this event today. They are at the point in their lives where they are considering their options – we want to make sure that they have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of all the options and opportunities available to them.

Around 600 students were in attendance from all six secondary schools in the Borough, which is the largest attendance yet at a Generation Broxbourne event.

Colleen Osborne, Careers Advisor at Rivers Education Support Centre said:

It’s all about networking and meeting new people. We had one student who came to the event last year, met an employer and called up for work experience who said yes. A few months later they were offered an apprenticeship, it was an ‘off the cuff’ type of moment.

A wide variety of different businesses also attended Generation Broxbourne 2024.

Claudia Cuffaro from Curwens Solicitors said:

It’s really good to be able to give students the overview of how you can get to where you want to be through different routes. My advice is don’t be scared to take the jump because you will get to where you want to be.




Employers that attended the Generation Broxbourne event:

  • Barclays
  • Hertford Regional College
  • British Army
  • Rigging Team Ltd
  • Chickenshed
  • McMullens
  • IMI Careers (Institute of Motor Industry)
  • B3 Living
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Sky Studios
  • HB Accountants
  • Royal Mail
  • Shepherds Estate Agents
  • Skillnet Automotive Apprenticeships
  • Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA)
  • Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Social Care Academy (NHS) on behalf of Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Curwens
  • Sporting Futures
  • Royal Navy
  • MBDA (make missile systems)
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Scoff meals
  • Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)
  • CK Assessment and Training
  • Tescos
  • Hertfordshire Police
  • Hertfordshire Fire and rescue
  • JPA workspaces
  • Howlin Entertainment
  • Mayhem
  • Oaklands College
  • Love Hoddesdon
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Capel Manor

Published: 8th March 2024