Inspiring people wanted to take part in showcase

112064_SHAPING_PORTS_07/06/11''(l-r) Gary Jeffries, Hughes Ellard, Stuart Hill, IBM, Russell Kew, Wightlink, Phillippe Jouy, Warings and Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth City Council.  ''They all board members of The Solent and Local Enterprise Partnership. ''Shaping the future of Portsmouth, Next Step Event at Victory Loung, Portsmouth Football Club.  ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (112064-364)

112064_SHAPING_PORTS_07/06/11''(l-r) Gary Jeffries, Hughes Ellard, Stuart Hill, IBM, Russell Kew, Wightlink, Phillippe Jouy, Warings and Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth City Council. ''They all board members of The Solent and Local Enterprise Partnership. ''Shaping the future of Portsmouth, Next Step Event at Victory Loung, Portsmouth Football Club. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (112064-364)

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EMPLOYERS across the city are being urged to take part in an event designed to inspire an entire generation.

The Portsmouth Opportunities Fair will be held on Sunday, October 16, to showcase the huge range and breadth of employers which call Portsmouth their home.

It is not a careers or jobs fair, but a chance for children to see what they could do with their lives without having to move out of the city.

The event has been organised after businesses got together under the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth banner.

More than 50 firms have so far signed up to show off what they do, including Warings, Biscoe’s Solicitors, IBM, Portsmouth Football Club, Highbury College, Alexandra Sports, Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays, Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy, Kings Theatre, Marriott Hotel and The News.

It will also feature talks from those keen to share what they do for a living.

The event is aimed at youngsters aged between 10 and 14 and their families.

Phillippe Jouy, managing director of Warings and chairman of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth Education and Skills Group, said: ‘We want to showcase examples of the success and career paths of local employees, particularly if they attended school in Portsmouth. 

‘We expect their stories to encourage and inspire our young residents.’

Entry and exhibiting is free as the event is sponsored by the businesses and organisations involved.

For more information about how to be part of it, contact Jacquie Jones at the EBP on (023) 9228 3400 or jjones@portsmouthebp.co.uk, or see exhibitor details at portsmouthebp.co.uk.

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