Work4UPlus Careers Awareness Event a huge success

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Friday, February 19th, 2016
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The Work4UPlus Alternative Careers Awareness Event, one of the area’s biggest careers awareness event for young people took place at The Canal Court Millar Suite, Newry on 9th February 2016. work4u5Aimed at 14 – 20 year olds, this four hour event provided young people with a rare chance to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and help young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career. Increasingly young people need to leave education not only with appropriate academic results but with the skills that we know businesses need now and in the future. The Work4UPlus Alternative Careers Awareness Event provided an excellent opportunity for young people to meet face to face with over 40 organisations, including local employers, training providers, advisers and lots of other exhibitors, who provided interactive features from many of the major career sectors imaginable. Speaking to Newry Times, Pauline Coghlan, Work4uplus Programme Manager said, “This event has been planned first and foremost around the needs of the young people, they wanted to meet real employers and find out what they look for in their employees. “They were also interested in hearing the real-life experiences of self-employed entrepreneurs and they had many opportunities to do that at this event,” she added. Dr Conor Patterson, Chief Executive of the Enterprise Agency said, “At this event we presented young people with the many alternative career options in which creativity, personality and hard work contribute to success as much or more than exam grades.” The Work4UPlus Alternative Careers Event was organised by the Newry & Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency with funding provided by the BIG Lottery Fund’s Reaching Out Empowering Young Peoples Programme, in partnership with the Southern Education and Library Board, REACT and Barnardo’s.
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