Jack Brooke-Battersby
By Jack Brooke-Battersby

Senior Staff Writer

16 February 2023

| | 3 min read


Thousands of young people come together to hear about the great career opportunities in Newcastle

Nearly 5,000 young people plus parents and carers attended the My future; My choice event to gain valuable advice to aid their future career and development.

My future; My choice
My future; My choice

Hosted at St James’ Park this was the first fully inclusive careers event organised by Newcastle City Council with the support of The Newcastle United Foundation, Newcastle College, and partners from across the city. Sponsorship for the event was also provided by the Olympian Homes group and NHBC. The event showcased routes and opportunities for pupils of all abilities and was a chance for young people to meet with a wide range of employers and education providers to help them plan for their future.

Every school in Newcastle was invited to attend with various sessions available for years 9 and 11, sixth form and college students, parents, and a designated area for SEN pupils.

The young people who attended heard from guest speakers from a range of sectors about their employment and training experiences, allowing them to understand the wider skills and experiences needed for employment.

Cllr Sylvia Copley, Cabinet Member for a Growing City at Newcastle City Council, said: “It is so important that our young people have access to the advice and guidance that was made available at this event. This is the first time we have brought so many employment, training, and education partners together in this way and I would like to thank everyone involved for their support in making it such a positive event. I hope the young people who attended found the sessions valuable and will use the knowledge they have gained to support them into a positive future.”

This event is another example of council’s commitment to the Evry plan. This plan unites more than 20 partners from health, education, business, cultural and charitable sectors to formulate an ambitious city-wide collective mission to support young people to have the best possible future. A special acknowledgement should also be given to the Newcastle Progression Forum who were key to the development of this initiative.