Fair to help students get careers on track
Students from North Lincolnshire schools and colleges will be able to meet prospective employers at a careers fair.
More than 1,600 local school and college students will be attending the fair, which has been organised by North Lincolnshire Council.
It will take place on Monday, October 8 at the Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort, Broughton.
It is open to school pupils in years 9 and 10 from 9am to 3pm and after that it is open to year 11, college students, young job seekers and parents.
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The public will be able to attend the careers fair from 3.30pm.
One of the companies offering advice at the fair is HBP Systems Ltd, an IT support and accounts software provider.
Marketing manager Philip Denham said: "We see it as a positive thing and hopefully it will get young people to stick around in the Scunthorpe area for work.
"We need to show people that there is lots to offer in Scunthorpe and we hope people understand that there are opportunities. We have prepared workplace scenario questions for students on the day.
"We were approached by North Lincolnshire Council and one of our apprentices came to one of the meetings and gave advice."
The theme of the careers fair is "you can be whatever you want to be" and there will be tips on finding work, training opportunities, further and higher education, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.
It will see 70 exhibitors attend, covering every area of further education and employment opportunities.
Xavier Lester, 17, is a second year student at John Leggott College. He said: "The careers fair will help people who aren't sure about going to university. It will show them the different fields they can go into and what jobs or apprenticeships are available."
Fellow student Emily Downie added: "It will be good for us to meet careers' advisors because there are so many young people that want to speak to somebody one-to-one.
"Going to this event might help young people find an option that clicks for them."
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "We want to raise the aspirations of our young people and we're using the jobs and careers event to give them ideas about the opportunities open to them. It's also an ideal opportunity for employers to see for themselves the wealth of talented, hard-working young people who will soon be making choices about their future career."
"Get that Job" workshops are being run at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm aimed at giving attendees employability skills.
Free shuttle buses are running to and from the event and will leave Scunthorpe bus station at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
To book, call 01724 297330 or e-mail business.info@north lincs.gov.uk to book a place on a workshop or a place on the shuttle bus.