The sixth annual Mission Possible Careers Show succeeded in inspiring thousands of young people at the East of England Arena last Thursday, with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the wide range of career opportunities available across the region. More than 40 schools attended in two hour slots throughout the day, exploring sector-specific ‘Experience Zones’ for an insight into what it is like to work in different industries.
Feedback from all involved demonstrates that the event continues to grow and improve year on year, with a noticeable increase in the quality of interactions between visitors and exhibitors aided by the introduction of a more professional shell scheme layout.
Sponsors of the AgriFood Zone, British Sugar, said that:
“The Careers Show was a great way to raise our profile with young people in the local area, educate people on what we do as a business and promote our early careers programmes. It was also great to engage with teachers and career staff on ways we can engage with schools more regularly to promote STEM careers and our company.” (Leanne Porter, Talent Development Manager)
Nestle Purina Petcare attended for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Current Nestle apprentice, Erin McGuire, commented:
“Speaking as a young person who left sixth form a year ago, young people really need the support as there is so much pressure on them to go to university and get a degree. We need to keep opening their eyes to the diverse world of employment. This is a great event!”
The Mission Possible Careers Show is organised by The Skills Service, an award-winning not-for-profit team within Opportunity Peterborough whose role is to facilitate partnership working between schools, training providers and businesses in order to develop the knowledge, aspirations and employability skills of young people.
The team works with schools and businesses throughout the academic year and, since the 2017 Careers Show, has delivered 197 careers and employability events attended by 32,081 students. The service has introduced 1,103 businesses into schools, accessed 8,255 business hours from local companies and filled 2,099 work experience placements.