Jobs fair for young lives in Spalding

Award-winning students from South Holland Post 16 Centre where an exclusive careers fair is taking place for 14-18 year-olds from the centre and Sir John Gleed School on Friday, January 29.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Award-winning students from South Holland Post 16 Centre where an exclusive careers fair is taking place for 14-18 year-olds from the centre and Sir John Gleed School on Friday, January 29. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Students from two Spalding schools will be shown a world of work opportunities at an exclusive careers fair later this month.

Sir John Gleed School and South Holland Post 16 students are being invited to the Your Future Careers Fair, hosted by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, January 29, from 9am until 3.30pm.

Your Future Careers Fair aims to inspire, enthuse and motivate young people to think about prospective careers and the employment options available to them

Charlotte Baxter, project manager, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce

The fair takes place at the Post 16 Centre in Matmore Gate, Spalding, where about 350 students are expected to meet potential employers from industries as diverse as food production, health, modern technology and civil service.

Project manager Charlotte Baxter said: “Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, in Partnership with Sir John Gleed School, is holding a Your Future Careers Fair to inspire, enthuse and motivate young people to think about prospective careers and the employment options available to them.

“We also want them to make the most of their remaining time in education.

“The Your Future Careers Fairs is a Government-funded, national project to deliver 250 events through chambers of commerce, attracting over 70,000 young people across England.”

The event takes place just about a month after figures from the Department of Work and Pensions showed that the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Spalding and South Holland between October and November had fallen by nine and eight per cent respectively.

Debbie Brown, director of training services at St Helens Chamber which heads up the project nationally, said: “Helping our young people to be fully informed about the career options available to them is a top priority for chambers of commerce.

“As we strive to bridge the gap between education and business, we want young people to learn some of the key skills required by employers and the various routes they can take to prepare themselves for entering the world of work.

“Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is bringing education and business together on January 29 when young people from the town will be introduced to the wide variety of employment and training options available to them after their compulsory education.

“This will be an exciting and engaging event where they can shape their futures”

Simon Beardsley, chief executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “As one of the leading business networks in Lincolnshire, it is important that we help bridge the gap between school leavers and the local business community.

“We have such talented young people across Spalding and Lincolnshire but when they leave school, many are not aware of the career opportunities on their doorstep.

“The Your Future Career Fair event at South Holland Post 16 Centre will give young people the chance to talk with Spalding businesses and try out activities associated with working in that industry.

“There will also be workshops to help school leavers get to grips with the world of work and information on apprenticeships, college courses, universities and much more.”

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