careersfairA major careers and jobs fair, Your Future, is being staged at the Isle of Wight College, Newport on Thursday 30th October, to give key advice to Island residents aged from 14 up to and including adults.

The event, commissioned by the Isle of Wight Council, will be attended by more than 45 employers, including leading skincare company, Liz Earle, the event sponsor. There will also be representatives from Jobcentre Plus and local training providers (including HTP, the Isle of Wight College, Smart and CCL) and universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

People attending will have the chance to try out taster sessions in a range of careers plus CV building and interview skills.

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Companies looking to recruit have informed event organisers of their vacancies and Jobcentre Plus staff will be looking to match up their clients with prospective employers at the event.

In addition, there will be advice and guidance on the new special educational needs and disabilities reforms, with support from the Isle of Wight Council and other organisations.

The event runs between 11:00 and 15:00 and a free shuttle bus service is available from the library stand at Newport bus station to the college and back (from 10:30 on the day).

Executive member for tourism and economy, Councillor Shirley Smart, said:

“I would strongly encourage as many Island residents as possible to attend this excellent event. Over the past few years it has become a key initiative in helping and guiding both young people and adults in relation to future careers, continued education and professional development.

“It has also provided an excellent opportunity to bring together many in the business and education sectors with the common aim of helping the Island’s young people and developing our economy.”

Executive member for children’s services, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, said:

“This event provides the chance for many of our young people to meet providers of further and higher education as well as learn about career opportunities and pathways to the job market.

“In 2013 more than 800 young people attended the event, utilising the advice and guidance on offer to enhance and help focus their educational and career choices.”

Isle of Wight College principal, Debbie Lavin, said:

“We are delighted to once again host this event for the council as it gives a unique opportunity for employers to inform young people and job seekers on how to progress to employment in their industries.”

For more information, please visit (the site is regularly updated as more exhibitors and taster sessions are confirmed).

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