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Solent Skills Festival and Jobs Fair helps to inspire thousands
THIS was the scene as hundreds of jobseekers formed a long queue ahead of a careers fair.
The large queue snaked around Southampton City Cruise terminal as people looking for employment or a new career path attended the Solent Skills Festival and Jobs Fair yesterday.
The annual event, which is organised by Solent Education Business Partnership (EBP), invites more than 100 organisations and companies to host stands and explain the different career paths available to visitors.
Around 2,600 schoolchildren and college students attended in the morning.
Exhibitors included the armed forces, representatives from the digital industry and health and social care organisations.
Dan Payne, 14, a pupil from St Joseph’s School near Salisbury, visited the Daily Echo stand, which gave youngsters an insight into the world of journalism and the chance to try their hand at creating a front page splash.
He said: “It is a good event which shows the different colleges, apprenticeships and university courses available to young people.
“The Daily Echo stand has helped me as journalism is something I want to get into.”
More than 70 exhibitors attended the afternoon session, which was aimed at getting adults into employment.
Organisations including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Ageas Bowl offered guidance to people to help carve a new career path.
Robin Smith, events manager for Solent EBP, said: “It went really well. Many would have come here for the first time, where they met 130 different exhibitor stands, ranging from health and social care, hospices, law and legal.”
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