Blackpool’s teenagers are aiming high after meeting with employers, training and apprenticeship providers, sixth forms and colleges at the resort’s largest careers event.
Engineers from BAE Systems, a Formula Four car from Blackpool and The Fylde College and artists from Blackpool Sixth Form were all on hand to inspire youngsters.
More than 1,700 Year Nine pupils from the resort’s eight secondary schools, and Fleetwood High School, visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach this week for the three-day event.
Four teenagers from Unity Academy, on Warbreck Hill Drive, North Shore, told The Gazette about their hopes and dreams for the future after trying their hand at activities and learning about career paths.
Blake White, 14, has ambitions to be a games designer. He said: “Sometimes I do worry it might be hard to get into but I like a challenge.”
And 13-year-old Connor Willis has his eye on being a forensic scientist. He said: “Everyone has said it’s hard to get jobs so you need the qualifications and need to work hard.”
Friend Dionne Rooney, 14, wants to be a vet. “We were learning about what grades and exams you need to be able to get on in careers. It depends where you want to get a job.”
Blake added: “How do I feel about getting a job in Blackpool? Well, yes and no - some would take quite a while without qualifications but if it’s a simple job you can get those quickly.”
But Dionne added: “But if you get a job you like it’s fine.”
14-year-old Brittany Taylor hopes to be social worker, inspired to look after young people by a friend who is in foster care.
She said: “The news says it’s very difficult to get some jobs, depending on what you want to be. It kind of worries me, what’s to come.
“I’ve got an older brother and sister, they’re 22 and 20, and it’s been difficult for them to get jobs.
“For my job I learned it doesn’t really matter what GCSEs I take - I feel hopeful now.”
Students were able to test their reactions with the Army and RAF, practice CPR with NHS staff and try out new styles on models for hairdressing courses.
And apprentices were also shown as a valuable alternative to straight study.
“I’ve looked into training opportunities too today,” said Blake.
“Events like this actually do help.”