Firms asked to be involved in event to raise ambitions

ICING ON THE CAKE Emma Bristow, on the craft catering level 2 course at South Downs College with Louis Weston from Hilsea at last year's fair '     Picture: Malcolm Wells (123185-1053)
ICING ON THE CAKE Emma Bristow, on the craft catering level 2 course at South Downs College with Louis Weston from Hilsea at last year's fair ' Picture: Malcolm Wells (123185-1053)

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BUSINESSES from Portsmouth are once again being invited to take part in the city’s annual Opportunities Fair.

This year will be the third year it has been run, since the idea was developed by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth organisation.

It will be held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday, October 19, from 10am until 3pm.

The Opportunities Fair aims to raise the aspirations and expectations of young people by getting them excited about living and working in Portsmouth.

Thousands of children come along with their friends and family to join in interactive sessions and workshops while learning about different pathways into careers and get practical advice.

Last year more than 80 employers from throughout the city showcased a range of career opportunities.

This year there will also be an enterprise and innovation section, highlighting some of the businesses which have been created in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Veronon Jackson said: ‘I’ve been to all the Opportunities Fairs there have been and it’s a really good way for local businesses to connect with local youngsters and their families and to show them what jobs they have and what working for them would be like.

‘This is a really good thing to do, and it gets youngsters in the city to be ambitious.’

The original idea behind the Opportunities Fair was to create an event where businesses in the city showed off their wares and promoted Portsmouth as a dynamic place to work.

The ambition was two-fold: to raise attainment levels in schools as pupils strove to work harder to get these jobs, and to show big businesses that the city is a place which invests in its people.

This year, the fair’s organisers are looking for role models from a diverse range of industries and all walks of life to offer great advice and ideas to children and parents.

To get involved, or to book a table at the fair, see oppsfair.com.