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Secondary school pupils interested in careers within the technology sector were given a unique insight into that world over breakfast.

The youngsters from across Portsmouth and Hampshire shared an audience with a variety of businessmen and women representing some of the biggest companies in the region during a Technology Working Breakfast at the Gosport Submarine Museum.

From well-known construction firms including Warings and BAM Construction, to niche companies such as the leader in defence electronics, Selex Galileo, and international gas sensor specialists, City Technology, high-flyers in the technology industry spoke about their work and answered questions from year eight, nine and ten pupils keen to follow in their footsteps.

Havant Academy brought a group of its students who have shown particular aptitude and ability in science and technology.

Michael Miller, a Year 9 pupil at the academy, said: ‘It has been a really useful day and shown me a few careers that I had not been aware of.

‘At this point, my ambition is to be an architect, but this event has helped me realise how those skills can be applied to areas of work I had not considered before.’

The breakfast event, organised by Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership (EBP), aimed to teach youngsters how the science they are learning in school could be applied to further studies and careers after their education.

Fran Wright, event co-ordinator for EBP, said: ‘Meeting real people outside of school is often the most inspiring way of showing young people what opportunities are out there. We must nurture young people who show talent and interest in scientific and technological fields.’