Inspire Portsmouth youngsters to find a dream job

LEARNING Tom Bickerton from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust conservation team shows Joseph Hendry from Horndean an ocean mat and a rigging block at last year's fair. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123185-1040)
LEARNING Tom Bickerton from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust conservation team shows Joseph Hendry from Horndean an ocean mat and a rigging block at last year's fair. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123185-1040)
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BUSINESSES are being urged to sign up for an event which inspires young people to get motivated and find jobs.

The call to arms has been sent out by the people behind this year’s Portsmouth Opportunities Fair and is at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday, October 19.

It is in its third year and has the backing of The News.

The aim is to match hundreds of businesses with thousands of children who want to find out more about careers and apprenticeships.

Businesses will showcase what opportunities are available to them.

The event is also aimed at raising the aspirations of young people by getting them excited about living and working in Portsmouth.

It’s organised by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth education group as well as the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We invite thousands of children to come along with their friends and family to join in some interactive sessions and workshops while learning about different pathways into careers and get practical advice.

‘Our aim is to make the exhibition as fun and interactive as possible so that everyone can get hands-on experience and become fully engaged, finding out more about different types of jobs and employers around the city.

‘If you work for or own a business in Portsmouth and want to engage with the youngsters and get involved in raising aspirations then please contact us to find out more.

‘You can be as imaginative and inventive as you like.

‘But if you’re stuck for ideas, we are here to help.’

The idea for the fair came on the back of poor GCSE results and a feeling among the business community that more needed to be done to encourage young people to achieve more.

Highlights from last year included the transformation of the Guildhall’s members’ room into the Portsmouth Music Hub.

To get involved, contact Jacquie Jones at jjones@portsmouthebp.co.uk

To keep up to date with what’s going on visit oppsfair.com or the fair’s Facebook page facebook.com/oppsfair