Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for Education at Portsmouth City Council, second from the right, with some of the employers and young people attending the show.
More than 500 young people, parents, carers and professionals attended the Careers and Apprenticeship Show, organised by Portsmouth City Council in conjunction with Southern Universities Network (SUN), at Portsmouth Football Club today, to hear from a range of local employers about apprenticeship opportunities available to students aged 14+.
Organised to help students understand how to combine learning with employment after leaving school, the event ran into the evening so that parents and carers could also attend to hear about the opportunities for their children, as well as learning about opportunities for apprenticeships for themselves, to help with career change or gaining extra qualifications with their current employer. Professionals who work with young people, who support and advise on future career and learning options were also encouraged to attend.
Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for Education at Portsmouth City Council, said: "We were thrilled that such a large number of people came along to the event to find out how they could fulfil their future career aspirations by learning on the job through an apprenticeship. The ability to earn money whilst gaining a qualification, increase in confidence in a specific field and gain real life work experience is invaluable."