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HANDS-0N Mahde Saidi tries a simulator under the guidance of Tim Baines at last year's Opportunities Fair
HANDS-0N Mahde Saidi tries a simulator under the guidance of Tim Baines at last year's Opportunities Fair

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THOUSANDS of young people are due to visit Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday for the third annual Opportunities Fair.

It is aimed at those aged between 10 and 13, though youngsters of any age will be welcomed.

It is a chance for businesses in Portsmouth to show off the kinds of careers they can offer those young people in the future.

Showcasing their industries at the fair will be IBM, BAE Systems, First Bus, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, and The News.

The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership is organising the fair on behalf of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative.

The EBP’s Jacquie Jones said: ‘This year is the third year the Opportunities Fair has been run and it promises to be as fun, interesting and thought-provoking as the previous years.

‘It’s a good way to show off the sorts of careers that are available on the doorstep for young people if they work hard.

‘We would encourage all young people from the Portsmouth area to come and visit the fair and to see what there is to offer, and we would also like to thank the dozens of businesses and their staff who are giving up their time to take part in it.’

The event will take place from 10am until 3pm, and will offer a vast range of activities for young people to try.

As well as the many careers on display, a partnership between the guildhall’s management – the Portsmouth Cultural Trust – and some of the city’s music and performance venues will be launched, which will mean young people in Portsmouth will, for the first time, be able to get first-hand advice on how to get started in the industry.

Entry to the event is free, and people are advised to arrive early as it tends to get busier towards the afternoon.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this event again, not least because all the signs are pointing to it being bigger and better than ever, now that it is becoming established in the city’s calendar.

‘We’re very much looking forward to it.’