SkillsCymru careers event inspires west Wales pupils
Young people from across west Wales were given the opportunity to explore the different careers paths available to them at SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire, the largest careers event in west Wales.
The two-day event took place at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli on the 21st and 22nd February where more than 100 exhibitors were able to inspire and educate over 4,000 pupils, parents and job seekers.
Organised by Careers Wales and Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire County Council and Castell Howell Foods and supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund, the event is designed to inspire and educate young people their parents/guardians and members of the wider public about the variety of different careers and vocational routes available to them.
Local schools and colleges attended the event to find out more about careers, vocational courses, apprenticeships and further and higher education. These included: Dyffryn Aman, Coedcae, Haverfordwest High, Penrhyn Dewi and Greenhill.
Aaliyah Hartney, 14, from Haverfordwest High who attended the event said: “SkillsCymru has been great because I’m not sure about what I’d like to do in the future, so being able to explore all the opportunities under one roof was really helpful.
“I am particularly interested in apprenticeships and university courses and there were lots of people there to guide me through the process ready for when I leave school.
My favourite activity was using the Careers Wales VR headsets to see what a day in the life of different jobs could look like. The advisers there also helped me to learn more about the necessary steps to take when looking at different careers.”
Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates said: “SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire provided an invaluable opportunity for young people and jobseekers to meet employers face to face and ask questions that can benefit the development of their future careers.
Employers were able to show their investment in young people and give first-hand specialist advice.
Making sure that young people feel supported and informed in their career choices is vital to the success of the next generation of workers.
I am pleased to have been a part of an inspiring event that showcased and shared the many different routes into work for the young people of Wales.”
Nikki Lawrence, chief executive of Careers Wales, said: "Our aim in bringing together schools, colleges and businesses was to give pupils an insight into the world of work and an opportunity to discuss their futures with employers face-to-face.
For many, this was the first time these school pupils had started to consider their life after full-time education and SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire gave them the chance to find out about the different options and careers paths available to them.”
Find out more about SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire