Learning lessons about life in the workplace

Young people will gain information about life in the workplace as part of a national drive to help them with future employment.

The Young Chamber of Commerce, launched last year by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has teamed up with Preston’s College to host their latest ‘Your Future Career’ event on Wednesday (1pm-7pm).

It is the third such careers fair the Young Chamber has held so far this year following on from similar events at the Oracle, Blackpool, and Runshaw College.

Young people aged 14-24 will be able to speak to a range of exhibitors about the future employment opportunities available to them.

“Our aim is to deliver an event which inspires all those who attend to make the most of their education and think about possible career paths,” said Hayley Topselvi, the Young Chamber co-ordinator.

“Young people are our future and events such as this will help to improve the prospects of our next generation of workers.

“I hope everyone who attends today enjoys it, finds it informative and leaves with the knowledge of the next steps they need to take for their future working ambitions.”

The event comes during National Apprenticeship Week, when Chambers of Commerce across the country are raising awareness of the career options available to young people.

The scheme works with local businesses to help bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work, to highlight the options available to students, as well as the skills needed to enter the workplace.

“The Your Future events taking place this week help raise the profile of apprenticeships, which are of benefit to businesses, individuals and the whole UK economy,” said Marcus Mason, Head of Business, Education and Skills and at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

“The recently highlighted challenge of promoting apprenticeships in schools is an issue that Chambers of Commerce are tackling, through the Your Future events and by working closely with the Skills Funding Agency, to highlight the breadth of career options available through apprenticeships.

“Through Chambers, local firms can link up with schools, highlight career opportunities, and dispel the myth that the only route to success is a university degree.

“We will continue to help local businesses connect with education and training providers, to raise the visibility of apprenticeships and address the skills gap across the country.”

For further information on Young Chamber, contact Hayley Topselvi on 01772 653000/01253 347063 or email hayleyt@lancschamber.co.uk

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