STUDENTS in Ryde had their horizons expanded when representatives of leading Island businesses visited their school in an event attended by MP Bob Seely.

Ryde Academy's Year 10 students were treated to a speed networking event at their school, where they got to explore multiple career paths, advised by local companies.

Amongst the potential employers were AI experts, Innovative Physics, Liz Earle, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue, BAE Systems, the IW Garlic Farm and more.

Around 200 students took part.

Rebecca Merrett, careers leader at Ryde Academy said: “As part of our ongoing careers programme we aim to engage students with as much exposure to different sectors and industries as possible.

“Speed networking is a good way of doing this because it means students glean a lot of information in a very short space of time from a wide variety of local employers. It also helps dispel myths that there isn't good-quality employment on the Island.“

Rebecca added: “It was the third year we've run this event and it's certainly one we will also keep in the calendar. In fact we are already planning for next year.”