Livery Schools Link Showcase Event at Guildhall 2019
The Livery Link Showcase Event, sponsored by the City of London Corporation, takes place each year at Guildhall. Following on from last year’s Showcase attended by over 1000 pupils during the day from across London, groups of up to 30 students attend sessions where City Livery Companies showcase the wide cross-section of industries, trades and professions they represent.
This is always a dynamic and vibrant event aimed to signpost students to a broad range of career paths and job opportunities across many disciplines which appeal to students of all abilities and ambitions. and the Horners are represented with a stand.
The Showcase this year was in a different format, running over two days and involving primary as well as secondary schools. There was also a change of focus, with increased emphasis on careers advice. So our stand took the form of some “pulley-uppies” thanks to the Renter Warden, a looping PowerPoint presentation illustrating a variety of industries which use or generate plastics and a number of applications of polymers which Barry Maunders created, a version of the Science Opens Doors leaflets that Clive Thompson edited for this audience, and on the table a display comparing and contrasting a variety of paired objects where plastic has superseded other materials. Our twin aims were to show the advantages of polymers when sympathetically used and the importance of studying STEM subjects in keeping open a wide range of careers.
In previous years the Showcase has been held in February/March but this year it was 18th/19th June. We had some doubts about the change given the examination timetable, but the LSL team informed us that they had surveyed London schools, receiving positive responses.
On both days many schools brought students – a steady stream passed through the rooms of the Guildhall and a number stopped at our stand. On the primary day two noise-generating horns attracted much interest from the visitors, and some attention from neighbouring stands. We thought it better to remove them for the secondary day! Students who stopped at the stand showed a keen interest in the comparative display, seeing advantages of the plastic items such as in replacing cast iron guttering but were also focussed on methods of disposal/recycling at the end of the useful life.
The two-day event needed Horners to man it and Barry Maunders, Clive Thompson, Mike Birrell, the Master, David Williams, Caroline and Gordon Haines, Liga Thrower, Mike O’Brien, Robin Kent and Rebecca Joyce all represented us. Contributing to this Showcase takes much time from company members , and we are most grateful to these Horners who gave up their time to man the stand.