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Careers event helps young people in care consider next steps

The event was for young people from Year 9 upwards to give them food for thought on their future careers and the steps to take to achieve their ambition

Published 28 April 2022
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Young people who have experience of being in care or about to leave care had an opportunity to discuss their future plans at a careers event this week.

Twenty three stands representing universities, colleges, training providers and prospective employers were at the event at the Salisbury Arts Centre.

The event was for young people from Year 9 upwards to give them food for thought on their future careers and the steps to take to achieve their ambition.

Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "Young people in care and those leaving care have often had to overcome the most difficult obstacles in their lives already. This event provides examples of what opportunities are available so they can choose the path which is right for them to fulfil their potential.

"We are grateful to the many organisations taking part in this event for providing examples of the opportunities available and I'm sure many of our young people will have taken away some great ideas for their future."

Center Parcs was one of the organisations attending the event. A spokesperson said: ""The reason we wanted to come today is to highlight roles that don't need any experience, we are meeting individuals who weren't aware of these roles, so it has been worthwhile for us to attend today. The offer of our transport for House Keeping staff on Monday and Fridays attracts a lot of people and we are able to offer these roles to the younger audience."

Apprenticeship provider RACPD also attended. A spokesperson said: "Apprenticeships are finally receiving the recognition they deserve, RACPD are proud to be a part of the new revolution and to be able to place equine apprentices into yards where they will flourish in a career that will last a lifetime."

The careers fair was organised by Wiltshire Council's Virtual School and Employment and Skills Team. The Virtual School supports looked after children and care leavers during and post education to support them into future careers.

Those looking at future careers can also find help available on Young Work Wiltshire website. It also features signposting and advice for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) to support them into jobs, further education, apprenticeships or other training.

Wiltshire Council has a Care Leaver Promise which provides a range of support including help with transition into independent living, apprenticeships at Wilshire Council for those meeting the criteria and a Building Bridges programme to help young people into work.

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