Fair will get careers off to a flying start

BUSY Last year's fair at the Guildhall
BUSY Last year's fair at the Guildhall
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EVER wanted to find out what it’s like to land a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier?

How about generating enough pedal power to make a smoothie?

And what about building a warship out of Lego?

Those are just some of the things young people going to the Portsmouth Opportunities Fair are going to be able to do tomorrow.

All this week The News has been backing the fair, which takes place at the Guildhall from 10am until 4pm.

It is not a jobs fair – instead it is designed to raise the aspirations of the city’s youngsters by showing them the future they could have in various different industries.

It is being run jointly by the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership and the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth education group.

Jacquie Jones, from the EBP, said: ‘We’ve got just over 60 exhibitors coming along, from major ones such as BAE Systems, who will be bringing 3D screens and a Wii, showing people what it’s like to land a plane on an aircraft carrier.

‘We’ve also got smaller local organisations such as the John Pounds Centre, which will be getting people to pedal a smoothie in two minutes.

‘We want all our exhibitors to get interactive with the kids.’

The event is free to attend for everyone.

And Jacquie added: ‘Even though it’s aimed at 10 to 13-year-olds, we won’t be excluding anyone from coming along if they’re not in that age bracket.

‘This event is to inspire the youngsters and show them what’s available in the city so no-one should be left out of that.’


THERE will be a shuttle bus operating from Lakeside Business Park in North Harbour, via King Richard School.

It will leave Lakeside at 11am and 2pm, picking up from the school at 11.15am and 2.15pm.

It will return from the Guildhall at 1pm and 4pm.

A double-decker bus will be doing round trips from Solent Junior School, Cosham Station then the Golden Hind pub in Copnor Road, from 10am.