Pupils with additional needs find out about future careers
North Wales pupils were invited to attend a careers event at Ysgol y Gogarth, Llandudno, this week to find out about the different career opportunities available to them after leaving school.
Organised by Careers Wales, the ‘What Next?’ careers event was a practical event, aimed at school pupils in Years 10 – 13 in North Wales with additional learning needs.
Pupils had the opportunity to interact with employers and colleges to find out first-hand about the different jobs available to them and how to go about taking the first steps towards these future careers.
The day’s activities were designed to be as practical as possible, to meet the needs of pupils who were interested in gaining practical experience in a range of areas.
Attending the event were organisations from sectors ranging from catering and sports, to horticulture and childcare.
The event was supported by a number of partner organisations, including Colwyn Bay Water Sports, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Big Ideas Wales, North Wales Outdoor Partnership, Battys nurseries, The Owl’s Trust, Bryn Euryn Nurseries, NTfW and Crest Co-operative.
The event was also supported by further education colleges and training providers, such as Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Cambrian Training, with representatives from a range of departments, including catering, construction, hairdressing, motor vehicle, marine engineering and computing, to give pupils an idea of the courses available if they choose to continue with education.
Pupils could also make use of ‘Have a Go’ equipment, which provided them with the opportunity to try out new skills by participating in interactive activities.
Careers Wales Advisers were also at the event to offer advice and guidance. Pupils had the chance to try out new Careers Wales virtual reality headsets, which gave them real-life insights into the world of work.
Graham Bowd, Chief Executive at Careers Wales said: "This event was tailored to the needs of those with additional learning needs and helped raise awareness of post-school options among pupils starting to think about their futures."
“Providing young people with an opportunity to experience hands-on ‘tasters’ of different careers allows them to see for themselves what certain jobs involve and discover what might suit their interests and skillsets."
“By inviting employers, further education colleges and training providers to the event, the aim was to draw pupils’ attention to the different routes into the world of work and to inspire them to prepare and work towards acquiring the skills they need to succeed."
Careers Wales gives advice in both Welsh and English and for further information and to access their services, you can search online for www.careerswales.com or follow them on Twitter@CareersWales or on Facebook under www.facebook.com/careerswales.
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