What Is The Big Assembly?

This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt aims to set the record for the largest online careers advice seminar EVER


Schools, young people, parents, careers advisors and employers from across the nation are invited at 08.45, on 7 March 2017 to take part in ‘The Big Assembly’ a live video stream to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about apprenticeships and career options post 16.


Aiming to get over 5,000 log-ins and setting a new Guinness World Records title in the process, it promises to be an exciting and memorable event.

Have a chance of winning fantastic prizes!

If you’re under 18, there’s the chance to win amazing prizes like experience days, school workshops and much more.

Employers including East Midlands Chamber, Boots, Toyota, Highways England, Nottingham City Homes, The BBC, Derry Building Services, Derby Homes, Busy Bees, Young Professionals, Nottingham City Homes, EMH Homes, Futures Housing Group, Nottingham City Council and Uniper have offered sponsorship and a selection of career based prizes for young people which will be awarded during the presentation including shadowing a CEO, being involved in a Boots product launch and much more.


Prizes available

Boots UK is offering a prize as part of the BIG Assembly for one person aged over 14, and two of their friends to spend the day at our Support Office in Nottingham to learn more about what it’s like to work at Boots and about the exiting world of product development and branding. Students will get a chance to learn more about what goes into launching new products across our 2,500 stores in the UK, and be involved in the creative branding process in taking a new product from conception to launch.

Aimed at those interested in marketing, creative and branding, this incredibly exciting opportunity is a chance to see behind the scenes and be involved in real-life decision making at the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer.

Three individual prizes of a ½ day visit to our Burnaston plant, for up to 16 people to include tours of training, eco facilities & manufacturing areas. Ending with Q&A session then lunch before departing.

Presentation to two schools.

  1. Platinum interview skills training process whereby we will set up a full lifecycle recruitment process. This would include putting together a JD and PS, getting students to ‘apply’, shortlisting, interviewing and feedback. This project would be run by our existing apprentices and would be run from our base in Coalville
  2. We will pay for a coach and bring up to 50 school children to Coalville to spend the morning with us. The careers event will comprise a talk about the social housing and care sectors and then they will move around the different offices in real time talking to different staff about their jobs etc.

Work Experience at Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station for 30 students.

Nottingham City Council are offering a young person the chance to become our Assistant Chief Executive for the day.  They will spend the day with Candida Brudenell, our Assistant Chief Executive, who started her own career as an apprentice, and find out what it’s like to be at the helm of a large local authority. A mutually agreeable date will be found once we have a winner.

Workshop for a class of 30 students (max) The workshop would be at our training house facility in Bilborough (transport to the venue not included) and will be a mixture of trade apprentices demonstrating their skills which the students can then participate in Electrical, Plumbing,  Joiner, Plastering, Bricklaying.
The students would rota around the different sections and get to try each of the trades. We can offer a full day, a morning or an afternoon, depending on what the school winner would like.

2 tickets to our Annual Dinner which would be a real experience. The dinner takes place on the 23 March 2016 at The Roundhouse in Derby and have 2 excellent keynote speakers: Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller – As Head of the Security Service and Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP – Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was previously Secretary of State for Transport (2012-16). The Annual Dinner is a celebration and acknowledgement of the plethora of East Midlands Business, so make sure to join us for the biggest Business Event in the region.

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Award winning apprentice Tom is offering the opportunity to shadow him for a day at our Wolverhampton offices – that way the winner can get to experience what it might be like to be an Apprentice.

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It’s an attempt to be the largest online careers advice seminar ever. Aimed at students considering post-secondary school options, parents, teachers and employers; the seminar will provide information and an opportunity to ask questions about careers and apprenticeships.

Minimum requirement 5000 participants

Definition: This record is for the greatest number of people taking part in a careers advice seminar streamed live over the internet

  • The topics covered during the seminar must all be related to careers advice.
  • The topics covered during the seminar must be submitted for pre-approval by Guinness World Records.
  • The username and email address or IP address of each participant must be submitted as evidence for the authenticity of the attempt.
  • The evidence submitted must include screen shots and video camera footage verifying the total number of participants.
  • All participants must register and participate online.

The lesson must last a minimum of 30 minutes

0845 – 0915 on the 7th March 2017

This coincides with National Apprenticeship week and National Careers Week (6th-10th March 2017)

First you need to register above to be able to attend. This is important as you won’t be able to log on if you haven’t registered

Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirming that you are registered and providing information how to log on for ‘The Big assembly’

We have the Test Your Connection page for those wanting to log on. Should they have issues viewing & hearing the video on that page, it directs them to our FAQ Document which can be given to the relevant IT department to aid any troubleshooting they need to do prior to the live Webinar.

On the day, make sure you log on in time for the 0845 start and be prepared to ask questions through the links provided in the guidance.

Yes, anyone who wants or needs to log on to the live webcast either for them or to show to a group will need to register, test and log on.

The big assembly is a mix of information videos interspersed with live continuity. The video looks at career options and apprenticeships from the perspective of students, teachers, parents and employers.

During the continuity there will be experts on hands to answer questions sent ‘real time’ using email, Instagram, twitter and Facebook.

There are also work based experiences to be won by schools and students, we will be selecting winners at random during the webcast. For us to achieve the record (of >5000 log ins) you have to be logged on for the full event (even if you’ve had to let the students go off to their next lesson)

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They just need to register and check that the connection works, then log in. They can also post questions should they wish to.