Young people attend inclusive careers event to get inspired for the future
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Young people from across Northumberland found out about the range of post 16 options available to them as they plan for their future.
The My Future Options Inclusive Careers Event was exclusively for young people with additional needs including those with special educational needs.
Almost 500 young people attended the event at The Alnwick Garden and met exhibitors including international businesses, local employers, the NHS and social care and education providers.
The event was funded by Northumberland County Council and organised by the authority’s Careers Guidance Team and the Information Advice and Support Service.
Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services, said: “We want all our young people to be able to reach their full potential and achieve their aspirations.
“This unique event, now in its fifth year, has been set up specifically for young people in the county with additional needs to support them in their journey into post-16 education, employment and training.
“It allows young people to explore their interests, find out for themselves about the different routes available to them and discuss these with our fantastic businesses and organisations who have come along.”
Audrey Kingham, Joint Interim Director of Children’s Services and Director of Education and Skills, said “This event is a real showcase of the growing number of post 16 options available for young people in Northumberland and a chance for our businesses and organisations to connect with their workforce of the future. We would like to thank everyone who came along.”
Among the organisations attending was global paint manufacturer AkzoNobel, whose £100m Ashington plant is regarded as the most advanced and sustainable paint factory in the world.
Jill Johnson, AkzoNobel Site Support Coordinator said: “We have had a number of work experience students over the last year working within AkzoNobel in a wide range of jobs from working in the cafe to working in the laboratory.
“They have grown a phenomenal amount in both their social skills and job-based skills, one learner has now secured a permanent job with us. It has been incredible to see how enthusiastic these learners are to get stuck in to the world of work and they have been a real asset to our team.
"We are pleased to be part of the My Future Options Inclusive Careers Event and engaging with potential students and future employees.”
Gaining much needed work experience and interview skills through local businesses could help young people in the county looking to get into work make the first step in that journey.
Mocha Mondo in Amble is one of a number of businesses and organisations that have offered their support through Northumberland County Council’s Careers Guidance Team, but more are needed.
Jack, a student at Barndale School, is looking forward to gaining experience with the team.
Martin Homer of Mocha Mondo, said: “I think events like this are important, as for me, it’s a question of making a different sort of profit in business, it enhances the depth and integrity of our company and those are two things I hold really dear.”
Ethan, 14, a student at Prudhoe Community High School, hopes to run his own PC business. He said: “If you are curious about what you want to do when you are older, then events like this bring hope in people’s hearts and it can then help you want to do well in lessons and do well in exams.
“Meeting people face to face is also a good way to help develop social skills for life.
“Alnwick is a beautiful place and I’ve had a lot of fun.”
If you think your organisation can help young people (aged 16+) with additional needs to reach their full potential, gain work experience and build their futures – please get in touch with your local special or secondary school.
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