MORE than 1,000 pupils attended Tameside Council’s annual careers and apprenticeships exhibition at Stalybridge Civic Hall on June 22.
The authority’s employment and skills team organised the have-a-go event for Year 9 and 10 students to support schools in providing effective careers information, advice and guidance.
With so many pupils attending from 13 schools across the borough, Stalybridge Civic Hall was bubbling with youth and enthusiasm. The schools represented were Alder Community High School, Hyde; All Saints College and Astley Sports College, Dukinfield; Audenshaw School; Copley Academy; Denton Community College; Droylsden Academy; Fairfield High; Hyde Community College; Longdendale High; St Thomas More, Denton; West Hill School, Stalybridge and White Bridge College, Dukinfield.
Among the 39 exhibitors were Tameside Council’s engineering team, Greater Manchester Police, the NHS, Cogent Skills, Purple Wi-Fi, Juice Academy and local training providers Tameside College, Clarendon sixth form and Ashton sixth form colleges.
Many offered interactive activities which engaged youngsters in areas they may not previously have considered.
They took part in block paving with Tameside Engineering, tried on riot gear with the police and, thanks to Haywill Animal Rescue who were showing animal care and veterinary roles, the highly popular appearances from a therapy Chihuahua and an albino hedgehog delighted pupils on the day.
Tameside Council’s executive leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, said: “Young people in Tameside have a host of opportunities they can seize to help them get on in life, and the careers and apprenticeship fair was an excellent representation of that.
“As council leader, my ambition is to open more doors for our young people. With exciting projects like Vision Tameside in progress or planned across the borough we have the high quality jobs for our young people to take on, too, once they’ve gained their skills.”
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