MP backs Youth Council as it holds annual conference

Gosport Youth Council held its 2016 Careers Conference
Gosport Youth Council held its 2016 Careers Conference
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Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has praised Gosport Youth Council for its 2016 Careers Conference.

Dozens of people went along on the day to learn more about different job opportunities.

Gosport Youth Council held its 2016 Careers Conference

Gosport Youth Council held its 2016 Careers Conference

The event focused on the topic of careers for students in Years 10 and above.

There were attendees from Bay House, Bridgemary and Brune Park schools, as well as youth organisations Motiv8 and Loud and Proud.

The aim was to inspire young people through guest speakers, workshops on topics such as CV writing and interview skills. And there were stalls with information about volunteering, apprenticeships and advice on how to improve the confidence of young people who are applying for jobs.

Feedback forms were completed by the attendees and nearly 80 per cent found the whole day useful and enjoyed the event, 14 per cent found just the morning or afternoon of benefit.

Caroline said: ‘I believe that young people’s concerns about the Gosport area should be raised to those who can implement change and this is why I wholeheartedly support GYC and the work that it does.

‘I was delighted to hear how successful its first annual conference was since a break from 2012.

‘I’ve previously held events with Gosport students regarding careers, most recently an Enterprising Women event at Bridgemary School, so I understand the importance of careers as a topic.’

Also attending the conference was Gosport Borough Council leader Mark Hook.

He said: ‘I was delighted to be involved with the conference. It was well attended, well run and extremely informative.

‘For over 10 years the council has taken into account the views of young people, through the youth council, which has helped design skate parks, and advised on lighting in parks and on additional litter bins and youth shelters. Young people have an important role to play in designing the future of their town.’

GYC represents people aged between 11 and 19 living in the borough of Gosport. It tackles issues that affect young people and gets involved in projects such as Gosport Summer Passport, and the Royan Twinning and Youth Award 2016. The next meeting is on May 4 at 5pm at Gosport Town Hall.

For more information go to gosport.gov.uk/sections/community/youth-council or follow @GYC_online on Twitter.