Local education and training providers will be boosting the dreams and hopes of 600 pupils across Barnsley at a special event to outline the wealth of work and career opportunities available to them after leaving school.
The annual I Know I Can Ambition Barnsley event returns on Wednesday 22 October, aiming to repeat its previous success in building confidence among Barnsley’s youngsters aged 13 to 16, enhance their skills and raise aspirations regarding their qualifications and achievements.
Parents and carers of Years 9, 10 and 11 young people have also been invited to the Barnsley Metrodome for a twilight session, where providers and employers will include Barnsley College, Dearne Valley College, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
All local secondary schools have been invited to participate in the IKIC Ambition Barnsley event. The event runs throughout the day, with a session for parents and carers from 3.30pm to 7pm.
Organised by Business in the Community (BITC) on behalf of Barnsley Council, the event comes as the National Careers Council warns of a lack of careers advice available to young people in the UK.
Liz Needleman, area director of BITC England East, said: “This is an excellent initiative, as many school leavers are unaware of the options available to them, such as further education, apprenticeships and workplace learning.
“The session will equip young people with key knowledge to help them make vital decisions about their future, as well as giving parents and carers valuable advice.”
Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “Ambition Barnsley is a great opportunity for parents and carers of young students who seek information, or have questions, about how to support their children in choosing their education, training or employment pathway when the leave Year 11.
“A wide range of local providers will be gathered in the central location of the Metrodome leisure complex and I encourage young people and parents alike to make the most of this opportunity.”