Blackpool Pleasure Beach event gives schoolchildren ideas about their future careers

Hundreds of Blackpool pupils got an insight into the ups and downs of careers at a two-day event at the Pleasure Beach.

By Tim Gavell
Monday, 10th February 2020, 11:45 am

Students were able to pick up information from a wide range of industries, and learn about the next steps they need to take after their studies.

Organised by Blackpool Community Guidance, the Year 8 and 9 pupils also had access to training providers, and representatives from colleges, universities and professional bodies to discuss their different career options.

Exhibitors included Blackpool Pleasure Beach, British Aerospace, Marine Engineering, Sainsbury’s, Lancaster University and Teacher Training.

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The Our Future, Our Choice careers fair in Blackpool. Pictured are Jodie and Millie from Highfield Leadership Academy

The annual ‘Our Future, Our Choice’ event aims to ensure young people understand the link between success in school and their future career.

Sponsored by the Blackpool Opportunity Area, Blackpool Sixth Form, Blackpool and The Fylde College and Education Business Partnership (NW), the guidance event is now in its twelfth year of helping students understand more about their career options and what they need to achieve goals.

David Brennand, who helped to organise the event, said: “It is a great way to make the link between the curriculum and the careers for the future and to give so many pupils a chance to talk to inspiring industry experts which will help them prepare for their next steps.

“I would like to thank all the businesses and sponsors for getting involved and hope that this event can continue for many years to come.”

At the Our Future, Our Choice event, Left to right, Marc Steventon, Army Careers, Sgt Jackson, Scots Guards and Kingsman Corie of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Jodie, 12, from Highfield Leadership Academy, said: “It is worthwhile being here as it can help you to pick your career. I think that I want to be a detective within the police but I am open to other things.”

Millie, also 12 from Highfield, said: “I am into hairdressing. I went to the hair and beauty stand and was able to practice on a doll’s head.”

Robert Owen from the Pleasure Beach, said: “We are very proud to have hosted this event for so many years. It’s great that we can use our venue to help local year 8 and 9 students start to think about their career options.”

Coun Kath Benson said: “This inspiring event provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people in our community to access high quality careers information, advice and guidance, as they start thinking about their futures.”