Opportunity knocks for Torbay teenagers
TEENAGERS in Torbay can explore their futures at a special event next week.
Parents and carers are being invited to bring their sons and daughters in years 9, 10 and 11 to the 'Opportunity Zone' on Wednesday November 7.
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Organised by Torbay Council in partnership with Careers South West, the event at the Riviera International Conference Centre aims to inform teenagers and their parents/carers about how learning is changing and what their options are.
The law has been updated and young people currently in year 11 are required to stay in learning until they are 17. Those in year 10 and below must stay until they are 18. This is called the Raising of the Participation Age.
Young people do not have to stay on at school - they have several choices. They can stay in a school 6th form, go on to a college of further education, take up an apprenticeship or get a job as long as it offers the opportunity to carry on with some form of part time learning.
A whole range of possibilities available will be highlighted at the Opportunity Zone event. Exhibitors from local school 6th forms and further education colleges, universities, the National Apprenticeship Service, various local employers and training providers from Devon, Plymouth and Torbay will be taking part.
Torbay Council's Executive Lead for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Chris Lewis, said: "The Opportunity Zone is all about ensuring our young people get the skills, knowledge and experience they need to become independent and to get a job in the future. Staying in learning for longer will help achieve this. This will also help equip young people with the skills needed to help Torbay's future economic success.
"There are many options available to Torbay's teenagers and I would urge them, and their parents, to come along to this event and see how much choice there is. There is something for everyone."
Colin Shorthouse, Torbay Local Manager from Careers South West, said: "The aim of this event is to demonstrate that young people in Torbay have a great selection of opportunity and support open to them. They just need guidance to make the right choice for their pathways to learning - this could be joining the armed forces or undertaking some vocational training. Young people need the kind of help, support and information that careers advisers and local employers can give."
The Opportunity Zone is being held on Wednesday November 7 at the Riviera International Conference Centre from 4.30pm until 8.30pm. Young people and their parents/carers can drop in and look around the exhibition stands, talk to people from a wide range of organisations and attend organised talks throughout the evening. Free parking is available.
More information about this event can be found on Careers South West's website www.careersw.org. Alternatively members of the public can call Torbay Council's Children's Services on 01803 208 945.