The second annual Careers Festival, delivered by The Skills Service, is offering local businesses the chance to say what they want from tomorrow’s employees
With shocking headlines touting high levels of unemployment among young people it’s all too easy to feel disheartened about the prospects for the next generation of job seekers. Thankfully the Careers Festival is generating some much-needed positive headlines by introducing local businesses around the region to the bright, home-grown talent on offer.
In addition to businesses, there will be training providers and higher and further education colleges offering information on their range of courses and qualifications
Spread across three large marquees, this year’s festival will be held on 10 July and promises over 150 employers offering a taste of what it’s like to work in their sector and talking to young people about the types of jobs they could aspire to. The event runs from 9.30 am to 5 pm at The Embankment and will provide young people aged 15 to 19 the opportunity to find out more about potential careers. In addition to the invited businesses, there will be training providers and higher and further education colleges offering information on their range of courses and qualifications.
This is about the bigger picture – helping young people consider career options, raise their aspirations and making sure they have the right skills
Following positive feedback received from both schools and exhibitors on last year’s festival, the 2014 event is being extended to young people from a much wider area, with students from Peterborough, Fenland, West Norfolk, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire attending throughout the day. From 3 pm the event will welcome older students, parents and carers to find out what’s on offer for young people in the area. Claire Smith, Marketing Campaign Manager for The Skills Service has high expectations of this July’s event:
‘This is not a jobs fair, it’s a careers fair. This is about the bigger picture – helping young people consider career options, raise their aspirations and making sure they have the right skills needed for future business growth whilst at the same time providing students with food for thought about the type of careers available.’
Keen to find out more about the benefits of the Careers Festival to the business community The Business Moment caught up with festival organiser Sue Addison. ‘A lot of businesses… [cont]
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