Thurrock students flock to Opportunity Thurrock

OVER 2,000 Year 10, 11 and sixth form students attended the council’s annual careers information and guidance event, Opportunity Thurrock on Wednesday 1 October at the Backstage Centre at High House Production Park in Purfleet.

The event, which returned for its third year, was bigger and better than ever with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the wide variety of options open to young people. Representative from universities, colleges, training providers, employers, the armed forces, together with a range of specialist agencies were all on hand to provide young people with advice on apprenticeships, qualifications and taking the next step.

Students had the chance to find out more about potential careers available by taking part in a number of workshops which included catering, animation, creative design, sports fitness, hair and beauty, to name just a few. In addition, companies representing the construction industry working across Thurrock showcased a range of practical skills throughout the day as they constructed a house within the main arena.

Parents who attended the evening session were also able to gain helpful advice about potential career pathways that are available and learn how the introduction of raising the participation age (RPA) would affect their children and how best to support them. For information about RPA, please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/participation/rpa/a00201391/raising-particip-age

Carmel Littleton, Director of Children’s Service who opened the day, said: “In only its third year, Opportunity Thurrock has established itself as a key event for students and parents alike where they can gain valuable information about careers and the different routes into them.

“It is excellent example of how Thurrock Council is increasing opportunities for young people and helping them to achieve their potential.

“It is not an easy task to look ahead to the future but by working together with our partners we are making it easier for young people to make the right decisions about their careers and their futures.”

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