Hundreds of pupils from schools across Blackpool attended a two-day careers fair held at the Pleasure Beach last week.
Students were able to pick up information from a broad range of industry areas, including the next steps they would need to take after their studies.
Organised by Blackpool Community Guidance, the year 8 and 9 pupils also had access to training providers, and representatives from colleges, universities and professional bodies to discuss their different career options. Exhibitors included Blackpool Pleasure Beach, British Aerospace, Marine Engineering, Sainsbury’s, Lancaster University and Teacher Training.
The annual ‘Our Future, Our Choice’ event aims to ensure that young people understand the link between success in school and their future career.
Sponsored by the Blackpool Opportunity Area, Blackpool Sixth Form, Blackpool and The Fylde College and Education Business Partnership (NW), the guidance event is now in its twelfth year of helping students understand more about their career options and what they need to achieve their goals.
David Brennand, who helped to organise the event, said: “This event is designed to inspire and aspire young people and help them make positive decisions about their futures.
“It is a great way to make the link between the curriculum and the careers for the future and to give so many pupils a chance to talk to inspiring industry experts which will help them prepare for their next steps.
“I would like to thank all the businesses and sponsors for getting involved and hope that this event can continue for many years to come.”
With access to interactive stations across three floors of the Pleasure Beach, the students were able to get hands on experience from many of the different industry sectors.
Jodie, 12, from Highfield Leadership Academy, said: “It is worthwhile being here as it can help you to pick your career. There’s lots of different stands and the people are really helpful. I think that I want to be a detective within the police but I am open to other things.”
Millie, also 12 from Highfield, said: “I am into hairdressing and this is what I’d like to do in the future. I went to the hair and beauty stand and was able to practice on a doll’s head.”
Robert Owen, Director of Marketing, Sales and PR at the Pleasure Beach, said: “We are very proud to have hosted this event for so many years. It’s great that we can use our venue to help local year 8 and 9 students start to think about their career options.”
Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration, said: “This inspiring event provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people in our community to access high quality careers information, advice and guidance, as they start thinking about their futures.
“There are a huge range of opportunities available to them, and it’s essential that we continue to help them aspire to dream big and then work with them to help them reach their goals.
“Events like these give young people in Blackpool a chance to learn about employers, higher education and apprenticeships, and businesses within the local area and to make informed decisions about their future careers.”