Emma Judd reports from the 2013 Portsmouth Opportunites Fair

Emma Judd
Emma Judd
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Business editor Emma Judd is reporting live from the 2013 Portsmouth Opportunities Fair today.

Thousands of young people are converging on Portsmouth Guildhall for the event. Click here to follow Emma’s updates.

The fair is aimed at those aged between 10 and 13, though youngsters of any age will be welcomed.

And it is a chance for businesses in Portsmouth to show off the kinds of careers they can offer those young people in the future.

Among the dozens of firms showcasing their industries at the fair are IBM, BAE Systems, First Bus, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Portsmouth Football Club and The News.

The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership is organising the fair on behalf of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative.

The EBP’s Jacquie Jones said: ‘This year is the third year the Opportunities Fair has been run and it promises to be as fun, interesting and thought-provoking as the previous years.

‘It’s a good way to show off the sorts of careers that are available on the doorstep for young people if they work hard.

‘We would encourage all young people from the Portsmouth area to come and visit the fair and to see what there is to offer, and we would also like to thank the dozens of businesses and their staff who are giving up their time to take part in it.’

The event runs from 10am until 3pm, and will offer a vast range of activities for young people to try.

If you’re at the event and want everyone to know how you’ve enjoyed it, tweet using #OppsFair2013 and your tweet will be included on our live feed from the day.