Opportunity knocks for youngsters as fair returns to Portsmouth for fifth year

Henry Eyres, 11, checks out a BMW electric car with Carly Trapani of Snows BMW Picture Ian Hargreaves (151647-1)
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  • Event organised by EBP South
  • More than 60 employers showcase their industries
  • Portsmouth Guildhall is packed for the day
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THOUSANDS of youngsters packed into the Guildhall to speak to employers and find out about potential future careers.

The Opps Fair returned to the Portsmouth venue for the fifth year on Saturday.

Charlie Davis, 13, visits the Bouygues building companies stand and meets Shanie Clarke 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151647-3)

Charlie Davis, 13, visits the Bouygues building companies stand and meets Shanie Clarke 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151647-3)

And it saw more than 60 employers showcase their industries – from cars to bars to engineering – to youngsters between the ages of 10 and 13 in a bid to raise their aspirations and get them excited about living and working in Portsmouth.

Jacquie Jones, project manager for the EBP South, which organised the day, said: ‘This is a Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative which is made up of businesses who want to achieve better training initiatives for young 
people and raise their awareness of what careers there are.’

She added: ‘It sows the seed at an early age about what possibilities there are in their own city.’

Children were invited to the event with their friends and family and they got to join in interactive sessions and workshops, while learning about different pathways into careers.

It sows the seed at an early age about what possibilities there are in their own city.

Jacquie Jones, project manager for the EBP South,

There were also prizes on offer, including an Xbox, which 11-year-old Henry Eyres had his eye on.

Henry, from Cowplain, was at the event with his friend Chloe Wells, also 11, and the pair got a look inside the BMW i8 – a plug-in hybrid sports car worth around £90,000 on display courtesy of Snows Portsmouth.

Also at the day were mother and daughter Jo and Olivia Keniston, from Cosham.

Olivia, 11, said: ‘We’re looking around as I want to be a teacher.

‘This gives us different choices.’

Mum Jo, 44, said: ‘It’s great, it gives them the chance to have a look at what’s available to them.’