With the current state of the economy and rising youth unemployment there are significant challenges for young people on the Island. In response to this, The Isle of Wight Council in partnership with the Isle of Wight College held a careers and jobs fair during half-term which attracted over 800 visitors.

Fifty local and national employers including Liz Earle, BAE Systems, BT and British Gas showcased their organisations and how to pursue a career in their industries. For those looking for information about training, the College and other training providers were available to discuss apprenticeships and courses, while universities discussed their options in higher education. Eight universities attended: Oxford, Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton, Southampton Solent, Portsmouth, Winchester and Herefordshire.

The event was open to all but of particular interest to those aged 14 – 24. It gave young people an opportunity to find out about post 16 education, apprenticeships, courses, universities, and employment prospects. It featured demonstrations and have-a-go taster sessions in a range of vocational areas including cookery, forensic science, horticulture, performing arts, CV and interview skills and much more! These interactive activities provided an opportunity for a practical hands experience which will give a chance to try out a subject before committing to it enabling learners to make a better informed decision about their future.

There was a free shuttle bus service from Newport bus station to the College and back from 10.30am for the duration of the event.

Competition Winner

Councillor Shirley Smart has now awarded the prize of an iPad to competition winner Jazmin Garrett (20) from Wootton who was selected at random from those who correctly answered the 4 questions, to which the answers are:

  • To apply for an apprenticeship the website to go to is www.apprenticeships.org.uk
  • 27 companies were promoting job vacancies
  • 8 universities attended
  • BTEC Level 3 extended diplomas are worth up to 420 UCAS points

Jazmin said “I’ve never won anything before so I’m really pleased. It’s just what I need”

iPad Comp Winner 2013

Councillor Shirley Smart, Jazmin Garrett and Janet Stevens of The Isle of Wight College.

You can view photos from our YOUR Future 2013 : Careers & Jobs Fair on our Facebook page.

Visitor Feedback

We asked attendees what they thought of the event:

We were delighted with the success of the ‘Your Future Careers and Jobs Fair’. In particular, we have had great feedback from exhibitors and from the 800+ attendees. Young people on the Island face a range of challenges when looking for a job or choosing a career. By working with our partners at The Isle of Wight College and Job Centre Plus, hopefully we have helped some along the road to a prosperous future

Councillor Shirley Smart

For us, finding people that share our passion and energy for what we do is paramount. We were so thrilled to take part in this event as it gave us the opportunity to meet many of the Islands next generation of talent. We have had a phenomenal response to our apprenticeship programme vacancies and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with The Isle of Wight College

Leighton Atchison-Warne, Liz Earle Beauty Co. Ltd

It has been very worthwhile for me. I have got some useful information for my job search and companies to go to in the near future, as and when a place comes up.

Visitor Alistair Ward

We are delighted to be working with the Isle of Wight Council to raise aspirations and awareness of the multitude of opportunities available to young people and adults.

Debbie Lavin, Principal of The Isle of Wight College

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