Opportunities fair returns to city to inspire youngsters

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THE countdown is on for the second annual Portsmouth Opportunities Fair.

The free event – from 10am to 4pm on Saturday – is aimed at inspiring youngsters aged between 10 and 13 to think about their future careers.

Portsmouth’s Guildhall will be filled with a huge range of local businesses, large and small.

One of the firms exhibiting is BAE Systems.

Staff from the defence firm will be using a Wii games console to simulate flying an F35 plane and landing it on an aircraft carrier.

Philippe Jouy, managing director of Warings and leader of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth education and skills group, said: ‘Portsmouth has so many employment opportunities we felt it was time this was demonstrated to young people and their families as they begin to consider their future careers.

‘More than 60 employers across a wide range of sectors have recognised the importance of the Opportunities Fair and have volunteered to showcase the opportunities their businesses can offer to young people.

‘As well as local businesses we welcome to the event local colleges and training providers which will show young people the full range of further education options Portsmouth has to offer. We have been impressed by the range of exciting interactive exhibits that young people will be able to explore at the event.’

The event is being run in partnership by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth group and the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education and Business Partnership.

It features entertainment throughout the day from local schools, as well as quizzes and competitions.

A free shuttle bus leaves Lakeside North Harbour at 11am and 2pm, and the Guildhall at 1pm and 4pm.