Connexions New Year New Start 2019 Careers Fair hailed a great success

28 January 2019

This 10th annual Connexions New Year New Start 2019 Careers Fair drew large crowds, with over 800 visitors eager to talk to the 41 local and national employers, colleges, apprentices and training providers, all keen to recruit and educate the next generation of young people.

The event seeked to inspire and motivate young people aged 14-19 by promoting the range of career opportunities available to them.

High profile exhibitors in attendance included Severn Trent, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing and TESCO.

Some comments from exhibitors were:

“Good conversations all day. Excellent young people,” (Mark Smith, Severn Trent).

“Well organised event. Met a lot of interested individuals,” (Trevor Codner, Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills).

“Enjoyed very much and kept us really busy,” (Barry Jones, EEF).

“…. met some bright and enthusiastic young people. A really worthwhile event,” (Matthew Hamilton, Academy of Contemporary Music).

Visitors attending the event were equally enthusiastic. One young person said “Yes. It’s been good”. His father, continued  “Well, all I can say is we came here today knowing absolutely nothing about where to go or what to do next and were leaving with so much information and some great opportunities”.

In addition, Sandwell Connexions careers advisers were on hand to give independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance so young people could discuss their options in detail.

And a team of teenage volunteers were on hand help out during the event which was held on Saturday 19 January and officially opened by the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Joy Edis.

Anyone who missed the event can always get help and support from Sandwell Connexions on 0121 569 2955 or by dropping into the One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House.







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