South Liverpool Homes (SLH) helped to bring training providers and local school pupils together at a careers fair at Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) in Garston on Friday 27 May, with Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Eagle MP endorsing the event.
Training providers Employability Solutions, Brighter Futures, Liverpool City Council, Power in Partnership (PIP), The City of Liverpool College and Addaction were on hand to give advice and guidance to students on a range of local vocational training opportunities amid the busy exam season.
Member of Parliament for Garston and Halewood and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Eagle visited the school and said:
"I'm here today to have a look at what ESLA are doing to introduce their young people to the myriad of opportunities that there are out there when they leave school.
"Some will go to university - others might want to do other things so to get training providers and people who can offer different opportunities in life for all the range of children and young people here in ESLA is what that's about.
"Kids need to know what their options are before they choose and I think local providers need to know what talent there is available. So put those two things together - bound to succeed."
Recently-appointed ESLA headteacher Linda Foley was delighted to bring local training and enterprise opportunities to the school, which has ambitious plans to enhance the employability of its students.
"As the new headteacher at ESLA it's really important for me to raise the aspirations of our students and so what we've done is introduce these careers fairs in ever year group,” said Linda.
"What we're going to do is work with as many employers as we can.”
"We're really excited - really glad to be part of it. ESLA is open for business."