IT could be an hour that changes a child’s life forever – that’s the message from MP Mike Hancock about this Sunday’s Opportunities Fair.
Around 100 businesses will be at the fair in the Guildhall, showing off the careers that they have on offer for the next generation.
It’s free to attend and is aimed at youngsters aged between 10 and 13 years old and their parents.
Mr Hancock, who is MP for Portsmouth South and a city councillor in charge of planning, regeneration and economic development, said the fair was vital for the city.
He said: ‘I would ask people to take the time and the trouble to go.
‘If parents can find an hour to go with their kids, it’s that hour that can make the difference for their children’s life choices.
‘No-one is saying to go for the whole day, but just give yourself and your children the chance.’
Mr Hancock said the fair would be vital for parents to learn what opportunities are out there for their children.
He added: ‘It gives an opportunity for both sides, the people who want to get involved and see what’s out there and the people in businesses who want to display their wares and to reach a bigger audience than they could normally do.
‘There are no losers in this event at all.
‘It’s to let people know just what is available.
‘There’s a fair degree of ignorance about that – people see company initials but don’t know what’s behind them or what they do.
‘This event is a journey for people. It’s about parents learning as well about what opportunities might come their child’s way.
‘It’s the start of their journey to what their future might be.’
The event takes place between 10am and 3pm, and will include the chance to speak to professional people from the local area who were born and raised in and around the city.
It is being run by the Portsmouth Education Business Partnership and Shaping the Future of Portsmouth.