Students from schools across the local area came together to explore their options at the Havant Federation Careers Fair, hosted by Havant & South Downs College (HSDC) and arranged by Hampshire Futures.
With students staying in education until they are 18, the fair gives students a chance to find out what choices they have after they finish school, from College A Levels, to Apprenticeships or the Armed Forces.
Schools that came to the annual event on February 6 included: Oaklands Catholic School, Park Community, Crookhorn College, Warblington School, Cowplain Community School, Horndean Technology College, Hayling College and Glenwood School.
The fair presents students with advice on many different career paths. A selection of local colleges an appearance, such as hosts Havant & South Downs College, as well as Chichester College and Highbury College. The Universities were represented by the University of Chichester and the University of Portsmouth. However, students were able to find out about other routes with organisations such as PETA, Royal Navy, BAE Systems and the Royal Air Force present at the fair.
Personal Development Learning Manager at Crookhorn College and Vice Chair of the Havant Federation, Sally Duncan, said: “It is important that students see the range of opportunities that are available. There are not only College courses here today but also information on Apprenticeships and training.
“Today’s event is a great way of bringing together schools from across the area and give them all an equal chance of seeing what opportunities there are after school.
“From our point of view, everyone has a different learning style and through fairs like this we try and encourage students to find the right next step for them.”
Candice Reynolds, Careers Advisor at Hampshire Futures, said: “For me I think it raises the aspirations of the young people to realise how many different careers there are.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for them all to come together and see the variety of opportunities that are available.”
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