Major Event Helps Youngsters Make Next Step Towards Success

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HUNDREDS of teenagers on Teesside will have the chance to find out more about their dream job at Middlesbrough’s biggest annual careers guidance event next month.

We chose the Town Hall so that young people in Middlesbrough would have the opportunity to visit this historic building to help them develop a sense of civic pride.

Choices 2010, organised by Middlesbrough Council’s Integrated Youth Support Service (IYSS), will also be open for a special evening slot to give parents the opportunity to join their children in finding their employment or education path.

Over 1,200 scholars and parents are expected to attend the careers fare at Middlesbrough Town Hall on 3 November, as 52 exhibitors look to unearth Teesside’s best young talent.

Among the careers on show will be graphic design, hair and beauty, catering and construction, with a number of live demonstrations to be held during the day and at the 5pm to 7pm evening slot.

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon will open the event, which is aimed at helping pupils learn about their post-16 options and will feature training providers, colleges and universities as well as employers.

John Keelty from IYSS said: “We started doing this event to provide personalised information, advice and guidance on the learning pathways available to young people when they leave education.

“This is the largest impartial careers education event in the Tees Valley and we have tried to make every young person aware of the event through work in schools and individual letters as we want to help them to make the correct career choice at 16.

“We chose the Town Hall so that young people in Middlesbrough would have the opportunity to visit this historic building to help them develop a sense of civic pride.”

Jackie Hurst, a teacher from the Kings Academy school in Middlesbrough, said: “The event plays a crucial role in helping young people make the tough decision of choosing what do at 16 and I would urge any parents to also come along so that they can help their children make the best decision for them.”

The event, which is free to attend with no appointments to see exhibitors needed, runs from 10am to 12 noon, 12.45pm to 4pm and 5pm until 7pm.

Between 10am and 12 noon and from 12.45pm to 2.45pm, year 11 pupils from all local schools are invited to attend, while young people who are not in education, employment or training will be welcomed between 3pm to 4pm.

The event is keen to welcome parents, carers and young people, including year 10 and 11 school pupils along to the evening session which is held between 5pm to 7pm.

If you have any queries or would like more information on the event, please call 01642 603911.

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