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3,000 heading to city for careers advice

More than 3,000 students from 21 schools in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot will be heading to the LC and National Waterfront Museum on Thursday to talk to major employers, try various vocational activities with local colleges and speak to training providers and universities.

The careers festival is being staged by Careers Wales for Year 10 pupils, many of whom have just sat their GCSEs.

The aim is to let the young people and their parents and guardians know about the variety of careers, jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities that are available across a broad range of sectors.

It will be open to Year 10 pupils and further education college students between 9am and 3pm and to parents and guardians from 3pm to 6pm.

Due to the large amount of coaches and buses needed to transport the youngsters to the event the LC car park will be used as a drop-off and pick-up point throughout the day so will be closed to the public on June 21 until 3pm.

Among the employers who will be represented are multi-national companies such as Tata Steel, major local businesses such as Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, public sector organisations including the Swansea Bay University Health Board and the Armed Forces.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "There will be lots of opportunities and activities that I am sure the young people and their families who attend will find very useful as they prepare for the next part of their lives.

"Whether they are looking at career choices, further or higher education, vocational courses or apprenticeships, this event organised by Careers Wales will help."

Cllr Mark Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, added: "More than 3,000 young people are expected to attend with many travelling by coach or bus. The best and safest way to accommodate such a high volume of visitors is to the use of the Oystermouth Road/Waterfront car park for coach parking and drop-off for the day until 3pm where it will reopen to the public.

 "Alternative car parks are available for non-festival vehicles at St Marys, Paxton Street, East Burrows & Trawler Road."

Gareth Price, Business Engagement Adviser at Careers Wales, said: "We are very grateful for the support of cabinet members, the local authority and the general public for their support for the festival.

"It promises to be a great day with students gaining valuable insights into the world of work and having aspirations raised and inspired with the variety of opportunities in the Swansea Bay area in the near future."


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