Less than a month to go until the careers festival
13 February 2019
It's less than a month to go until one of the UK's biggest careers festivals takes place in Powys.
The Powys Careers Festival, at the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd, attracts more than 3,000 high school, special school and further education students from all over the county and is organised by the Positive Pathways Powys partnership.
The event, on Wednesday March 6th, pulls together some 100 employers, universities and colleges as well as a range of other organisations to offer young Powys students an insight into the opportunities which await them.
This year the event will be formally launched by the Welsh Government's Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM. It will feature keynote speeches from Capital FM Breakfast presenter (and former Gwernyfed High School pupil) Ben Sheppard and two-times British Historic Rally Championship winner (and Builth Wells man) Jason Pritchard.
Chair of the partnership, Jackie Parker commented: "We are really looking forward to this year's festival and we are delighted that the event will be launched by the Minister. 2018 was a great show and we want to make this year event better.
"We want to show our young people the world class opportunities that await them when they finish compulsory education. That could be employment; perhaps an apprenticeship or it could be continuing education in school, college or university.
"Maybe they are interested in volunteering in some way. Whatever their decision, we are trying to make it as easy as possible for them to find out the information they need," said Mrs Parker, who is also Headteacher at Crickhowell High School.
This year's festival is being sponsored by:
- The Reaching Wider Partnership
- Cambrian Training
- The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
- The NPTC Group of Colleges
- WestEnt audio visual
- Compact Orbital Gears Ltd
- Radnor Hills
- ACT Training
- Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
The event is also being supported by Communities for Work.
The event is free to exhibitors and young people attending but it is not open to the general public, only to students.