Young people look to the future at Have A Go job taster day
A hands-on career fair has offered young people a taste of their possible future.
The Have A Go day of job taster sessions at the University of Bath gave students aged 11 to 20 and unemployed young people an opportunity to try out activities which they could pursue as a career in the future.
The options at the event co-ordinated by B&NES Council included welding two copper pipes together, chiselling patterns into stone and adding style and flair to a dummy wig.
Bath Community Academy student Elliot East, 13, said he wanted to work in a sport-related career, so he enjoyed the more physical aspects of the event.
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"I took a bike apart and put it back together. And I did the cycling thing. You had to go a mile as fast as you could."
Fellow student Dean Frew, 14, was happy with the choice of activities available.
"There's quite a variety of stalls, from building to catering, so it's quite good.
"I want to work as a head chef in a restaurant."
The City of Bath College ran stalls with activities ranging from stonemasonry to social media. Spokeswoman Sirkka Huish said: "The idea behind it is for young people to have a go at everything they want to. So if they don't know what they want to do, they can try everything."
Rich Walker, business development manager for Brunel and Gordano Training, was impressed by the number of students at the event. He said: "It's been very busy, with lots of interest shown."
Exhibitors were also encouraged by the interest boys and girls expressed in careers which are traditionally associated with the opposite sex.
Jayne Withers, senior curriculum leader at Norton Radstock College, who manned a beauty and hairdressing stall, said: "We've had boys here to have a go as well.
"So far we've done 150 people, of which about 20 were boys."
Exhibitors also gave young people advice on entering the job market.
Nikki Spreadbury-Clews, manager of Barclays' Westbury branch, said that the guidance helped young people in a practical way.
She said: "We show them how to do CV writing, interviewing and budgeting. The kids have found it extremely useful, particularly for the 14-year-olds who are looking for Saturday jobs."