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Date published: 10th May 2019

Local businesses are being invited to sign up for the North Norfolk Skills & Careers Festival – an interactive exhibition for 13 to 18-year-olds designed to inspire young people for their future careers and increase their awareness of the options open to them.

It follows a successful event last year, when more than 40 organisations exhibited to 600-plus Years 9, 10 and 12 students from local schools.

The festival is being organised by Paston College, Norwich City College and North Norfolk District Council. It will include interactive STEM events, and employers from a range of sectors and industries – including Holkham Estate, Lloyds Bank and Westover Veterinary Centre – will be at the event.

Businesses based in North Norfolk can exhibit without charge, and it will give them an excellent opportunity to inspire young people to develop skills needed in local businesses and inform them about future jobs that will be available in North Norfolk.

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to connect with young people from across the district.

“These young people are our future, so it’s important that we show them the wealth of opportunities that are available to them on their doorstep.”

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal of City College Norwich and Paston College, said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many local employers, training providers and universities helping young people to decide on their next steps to realise their future ambitions.

“We are delighted to be hosting the North Norfolk Skills & Careers Festival again this year and we’re really looking forward to welcoming all our exhibitors and visitors.”

The festival will be held at Paston College’s Lawn site in Park Lane, North Walsham, on Tuesday, July 9 (9.30am-2pm).

Businesses that sign up to attend will be listed on the festival website and their details included in the programme given out at the event.

There will be light refreshments available throughout the day.

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Last updated: 10th May 2019