Virtual careers expo will aid Ladder work

The Ladder for the Black Country is backing an online careers campaign running over the next four weeks.

The virtual careers initiative is replacing the traditional fairs normally held at schools
The virtual careers initiative is replacing the traditional fairs normally held at schools

Black Country Virtual Careers Expo starts today from 9am and is replacing the traditional careers fairs that would be held in the region’s secondary schools.

All secondary schools are required to deliver a careers programme to prepare young people to make well-informed decisions about education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities, when deciding upon their next steps.

Usually careers fairs feature training providers, colleges, universities and leaders from fast-growing local businesses talking to students.

Covid-19 is transforming the world of work and impacting on careers delivery in schools, as these physical events are currently unable to take place.

The virtual careers initiative is replacing the traditional fairs normally held at schools

Responding to the need to ensure that young people across the region still have all the information required to make informed choices, the Black Country Skills Factory, funded by the Careers Enterprise Company, has joined together with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, to launch the expo.

Over the next four weeks it will provide pupils, parents and teachers with access to a wide range of careers opportunities.

This includes employment information, apprenticeships, skills and training programmes, further education and higher education information as well as Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) opportunities, all in one virtual place.

There will also be a live vacancies section for anyone searching for employment and apprenticeship opportunities across the Black Country.

Exhibitors include: Jaguar Land Rover, the National Health Service, Princes Trust, Willmott Dixon, Universities of Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Loughborough, the RAF, the Police, PTP Training and Walsall College.

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