BUSINESS man and women who were born and bred in Portsmouth are gearing up to share their stories at the first Opportunities Fair to take place in the city.
Lisa Bowles, human resources manager for the city’s Marriott Hotel will be among those sharing their experiences on Sunday at the Guildhall from 10am.
She was born in Gosport and now lives in Portchester, and in 16 years worked her way up from being a room attendant to where she is now.
She said: ‘We’ll be at the fair because the kids coming along are going to be the children we need to tell about hospitality now, so that when they move up through the schools they know to come for work experience and that we’re a future employer.’
The idea behind the event is to give the city’s youngsters a taste of the wide variety of careers on offer in Portsmouth, to raise their aspirations and to encourage them to pursue careers here rather than move away.
Roger Salvetti, a partner in Biscoes Solicitors, will also be among those sharing their tales with the youngsters on Sunday.
He said: ‘We are trying to raise everybody’s hopes and dreams about the future of Portsmouth.
‘I asked people in our workforce to tell their stories.
‘That’s what we need to be giving - inspiration and raising aspirations for the young people and actually their parents and grandparents.
‘If we’re going to make Portsmouth a world class place to live and work in, we have to give people the aspiration to do that.
‘It’s worth making the effort to do that at this stage so young people can build their own confidence.
‘I was born and bred in Portsmouth and like a lot of people when I got to being a teenager I couldn’t wait to escape.
‘I did escape but somehow I was drawn back to the place and I think the city is just getting better and better. It a brilliant place for its facilities, to live and work, and it’s just going to get better and better.’
The fair is free to attend and is organised by Shaping the Future of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Education & Business Partnership.