More than 2,000 young people at first Powys Careers Festival in Builth Wells

Reporter:

Owain Farrington

OVER 2,000 young people visited the first Powys Careers Festival at Llanelwedd on Wednesday, March 8.

The event was organised by the multi-agency Positive Pathways Powys Group and was officially opened by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education.

She said: “I was delighted to be invited to formally launch the work of the group. We are on a national mission to reform education in Wales and to ensure that all of our young people, regardless of their innate talents, reach their potential.

“No one organisation can do that alone. We all have to work together to ensure that your young people have the best opportunities,” she added.

Year 10 and 12 pupils from schools across Powys as well as college students called in at the event, held at the Royal Welsh Showground.

More than 120 exhibitors, were present to give advice and information to the young people on the careers that are available within their organisations.

A wide range of sectors attended, with large and small organisations present from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Cardiff Blues were also on hand to give tips on rugby to the young people, as part of the Tackle Wales education project.

Jackie Parker is chair of the Group and is Head of Crickhowell High School.

She said: “The feedback from students in all schools has been instantly positive and they have not stopped talking about the new career opportunities they explored during the day with the various exhibitors.

“It’s a privilege to see so many students fired with enthusiasm and we are all very grateful to the exhibitors and our partners who made this all possible.”

The Cabinet Secretary, along with the young people, tried out some of the hands-on equipment, including the Bloodhound Supersonic Car simulator.

She also presented Rebecca Rees from Crickhowell High School with her prize of an iPad for her winning entry to design a logo for the Group.

Runners-up were Adam Wilson from Llanidloes High School and Isabel Brosington, from Crickhowell High School.

The Positive Pathways Powys Group is made up of: all Powys High Schools, Powys County Council, Careers Wales, the NPTC Group of Colleges, Cambrian Training and the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations.

More information about the festival and the Group can be found at: facebook.com/PositivepathwaysPowys

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