Swansea pupils sample future jobs through VR
More than 3,000 Swansea pupils have been learning about potential future career options at an event hosted at the Waterfront Museum and Swansea’s LC2 leisure centre.
Organised by Careers Wales, the ‘Choose your Future’ event was aimed at Year 10 school pupils, further education college students and parents from Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot
Pupils had the chance to engage with some of Wales’ biggest employers, including GE Aviation, HSBC, RAF, Network Rail and training providers such as ACT training and Inspire training.
Pupils looking for information about further education also had the opportunity to speak to representatives from colleges and universities like the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and discover more about the courses available and how to apply.
Careers Wales advisers were also at the event offering advice about different careers and guidance on how to prepare for the world of work.
Pupils also took part in interactive workshops and demonstrations, and had the chance to use virtual reality headsets allowing them to view 360 videos on different career sectors.
Nikki Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “It’s important that pupils not only know about the range of jobs available to them after school, but also about the jobs needed in their area, where the skills gaps lie, and how these can be bridged. Health, for example, is the largest industry in South Wales and Mid Wales, employing 1 in 6 working people."
“Being aware of these sorts of facts and figures and current job trends is vital for young people who will soon be entering the workforce. With advances in technology, new jobs are constantly arising and existing ones are rapidly developing."
“Young people should be kept up to date with workplace trends, so that they can prepare and gain the right skills and qualifications to succeed in an ever changing world of work."