Jobs fair to help students following this year’s exam results

A special jobs fair for students receiving their A-level and GCSE exam results this month will be taking place in the Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead, on 5 September 11am-3pm.

Bristol City Council has teamed up with the Department for Work and Pensions, National Careers Service and Proud to Care Bristol to bring together a range of experts to help students as they decide what to do next.

For many, the path ahead will be set – whether that’s off to university, to start an apprenticeship or take the first steps into the working world. But for others the way forward will be less clear and the options can seem overwhelming.

The jobs fair, is open to everyone, from young people whose grades were not what they had hoped for to those who have done better than expected, and their parents and carers. The National Careers Service will be offering impartial careers advice. Local schools and colleges are also expected to attend as it is not too late to join courses for the September term.

Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“Once you’ve got your exam results, getting help from the experts can prove invaluable when making those big decisions about what to do next. Luckily, there’s help available and the jobs fair will bring together the right people to support our students as they take the next steps in their journey, whatever they may be. As a Learning City, we’re always looking for ways to help everyone succeed and giving people access to good advice at the right time is a key part of this.”

A number of employers from the health and social care sector, Bristol’s largest employment sector, will be there and a range of employers and other organisations will be talking about the opportunities available to earn while you learn by starting as an apprentice.

Adrian Carr, Employer Account Manager from the Department for Work and Pensions, said:

“We know that this can be a stressful time and anyone looking for help is strongly encouraged to come as we will have a mix of advice organisations, apprenticeship providers, employers and support ready and willing to help those unsure of what they want to do.”

Thirty organisations are expected to attend and the event will be taking place on the ground floor of the Galleries between Boswells and the Proud to Care Career and Jobs Hub.