Bolton’s youngsters see into the future 

23/10/09

More than 1,000 Year 11 pupils and their parents visited Bolton town hall on Monday (12/10) to get a glimpse of their future.

But instead of peering into crystal balls, young people were able to find out what education, employment and training opportunities are available to them when they finish high school.

All of Bolton’s sixth forms and further education colleges were there to show off what they had to offer alongside local businesses, apprenticeship and training providers. In total more than 40 exhibitors were given the chance to give information and answer questions about what they could provide for young people.

Representatives included Aimhigher, University of Bolton, National Apprenticeship Service, Connexions, and representatives from the diploma courses.

Personal advisors from the Connexions service offered advice to hundreds of young people to make sure they were fully aware of what information, advice and guidance was available to help them in their careers.

As well as giving young people a helping hand, the event launched Bolton’s new online prospectus, which can be found using the link on the right-hand side. The website contains details of all learning opportunities available to Bolton’s 14-19 year olds.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “Today’s young people have a great range of options available to them when they finish school. Connexions work really hard to make sure that young people have all the information to choose the right path.

“This event provided a great opportunity for young people to see these options, and for sixth forms, colleges, employers and training providers to show what they have to offer.”

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