Inspiring Futures run a series of gap, careers, travel, volunteering and skills development fairs in partnership with host schools across the country.

About the Fairs

Our School Leaver and Gap fairs are attended by a variety of companies offering anything from skills courses, such as learning to sail, employer apprenticeship/Internship programmes, acquiring business skills or preparing for medical schools, to volunteering and travel experiences such as marine conservation projects in Fiji, or teaching orphaned children in South America.

We also offer the opportunity for employers to attend our fairs to promote their school leaver/graduate/apprenticeship/degree apprenticeship programmes to our schools. These companies have included DHL, Jaguar Landover, Lloyds Bank and Savills to name just a few.

What to expect

On arrival, all exhibitors will be provided with a stand and two chairs. Your company logo will be included in the fair’s programme, as well as uploaded to our website for schools to view in advance.

Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in providing an advert in our official 2019 School Leaver and Gap Fair booklet, please email events@inspiringfutures.org.uk for full artwork spec, print deadlines and costings.

Our full list of 2019 fairs will be announced in September 2018.

Bedford School

Friday, June 21, 2019
18:30 - 20:30
De Parys Ave, Bedford MK40 2TU
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With a large proportion of boys attending Russell Group universities, more of our students are now investigating internships, degree-level apprenticeships and gap years to expand their horizons further.

By Inviting our neighbouring schools, both independent and state, we believe that the combined efforts of industry professionals, higher education establishments and gap year firms can provide the knowledge to enable each young person to maximise their potential. Over 400 high calibre pupils will be keen to ask informed questions seeking out opportunities.

Being awarded the Career Mark, and the Onslow Trust’s Education to Employment Gold standard, Bedford School would ask for your participation in this exciting and rewarding for all event.

This fair is open to Employers, Gap Providers and Universities

Eton College

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
10:30 - 12:30
Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6DW
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Quoting the Head Master; ‘We see it as our responsibility to bring out our boys' talents, to broaden their interests and to develop their personal qualities. To do this we aim to foster confidence, perseverance, tolerance and integrity; to enhance communication skills; to embrace creativity; to encourage teamwork; and to promote an open-minded and outward-looking mentality so that boys are ready to make a really positive contribution to their wider community.’

I hope that exhibitors will be able to see a demonstration of this from the pupils whom they will meet at the fair. Most of these students achieve well academically and are keen to work hard at whatever they ambitiously set their minds on. We ususally have over 300 students attending this fair, and in the past, exhibitors have commented how much they have enjoyed meeting our students and we hope that they will again.

This fair is open to Gap providers and Employers

Cheltenham College

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
14:00 - 16:00
Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7LD
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Combined with Dean Close School and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham College’s Gap Fair is one of our busiest in the calendar and is attended by over 300 students.

Cheltenham College’s annual Pre University Week is designed to help pupils plan out the next stage of their lives; whether they want to head straight to university, take a gap year or jump into the world of work, this is a week dedicated to helping them explore their options. Over the course of the week, pupils will attend talks and fairs and take part in activities that will help them to write their university or degree apprenticeship applications or will help them structure and plan their gap year activities. Pupils gain a great deal from the expertise on offer and enjoy having the opportunity to discuss their university queries or gap year ideas with people experienced in these fields.

This fair is open to Gap providers.

Hampton School

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
12:00 - 14:30
Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HD
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Students from Hampton and LEH progress to leading universities in the UK and USA. Many also consider Gap Year opportunities and we are therefore an ideal base for an event. Last year the event was well supported and approximately 400 students attended. We insist that all our Year 13 (Upper Sixth) pupils take part in the event as part of their Curriculum Enrichment programme and we also invite our neighbouring school LEH as well as local partnerships schools from the maintained sector.

This fair is open to Gap providers and Employers.

Nottingham High School

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
18:30 - 20:30
Nottingham, NG7 4ED
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Nottingham High School is a top 50 school (Sunday Times 2018) and the leading Independent School in the East Midlands. We have just been awarded The Sunday Times East Midlands Independent Secondary school of the year 2019.

We offer a wide range of co-curricular activities and encourage our students to develop a broad skill set through opportunities such as Young Enterprise, Young Engineers, CCF and Community Action to name a few. We have had a number of students study for Higher Degree Apprenticeships in Accountancy and Engineering and we are very keen to promote Higher degree Apprenticeships as an alternative route to University.

We feel many of our students have a growing interest and can see the benefits of working for a company and studying for a degree at the same time. We also want to promote Gap Year opportunities. We have been co-educational since 2015, and our students encompass a diverse range of backgrounds.

This fair will be attended by over 350 students, parents and we will invite a number of local comprehensive schools who have sixth forms and with which we have strong links e.g. West Bridgford Comprehensive, and Rushcliffe School.

This fair is open to Employers and Gap Providers.

Leighton Park School

Thursday, September 26, 2019
15:30 - 17:30
Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED
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For Leighton Park students, taking a Gap year will help them to develop further their communication skills, confidence and initiative. It’s a chance to may be do some work experience or volunteering, learn new things and experience life as you have never done before. This fair will be attended by over 200 students and is open to local schools in the area.

This fair is open to Gap Providers only

Sidcot School

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
14:00 - 16:00
Sidcot School, Oakridge Ln, Winscombe BS25 1PD
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Within the curriculum and throughout the school we encourage students to look into the community and the wider world. For many of our students, this creates a strong desire to be adventurous, travel, work for the good of the community and for others. Indeed, our school moto is ‘Live adventurously.’ Exhibitors can expect to find students who are already predisposed to the opportunities on offer.

Around 25% of our sixth form students are from the EU, China, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Both our UK and non-UK students have a strong sense of internationalism and for this reason, many naturally consider a gap year as a way of broadening their experience and outlook. For a number of reasons, we find there is increasing interest in deferred university entry with a view to taking a gap year. Invitations will be extended to all Year 11-13 students (200+), their parents as well as two local schools.

As a school, we are also very keen about offering apprenticeship/degree apprenticeship opportunities to our students so any companies offering this would be most welcome to attend.

For schools:

If you would like to run a School Leaver & Gap Fair in your school, please email the events team.

For employers and exhibitors:

If you would like to exhibit at one of our School Leaver & Gap Fairs, please download our booking form on the top right hand corner. Once completed please send to our events team.