More than 4,000 pupils, parents and job seekers are expected to attend SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire, west Wales’ largest careers fair.
SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire is taking place at Llanelli’s Parc Y Scarlets on Thursday 27th February, 10am to 6pm (open to parents/guardians from 3:30pm to 6pm), and Friday 28th February, 9am to 3pm, with more than 100 exhibitors attending from the local area and across Wales.
Some of the major Welsh employers attending the two-day event include Principality Building Society, Gestamp, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Willmot Dixon and many more.
The event is organised by Careers Wales and Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire County Council and Castell Howell Foods and supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.
It is designed to inspire and educate young people and their parents by enabling them to speak to employers, colleges and training providers on the variety of careers and vocational routes available to them.
Those attending will be able to find out more about careers and apprenticeships through the Welsh Government’s ‘Have a Go’ activities where attendees have the opportunity to try out a range of skills from styling hair and learning beauty treatments to bricklaying and plumbing.
An information session open to parents and guardians will be taking place on 27th February, between 3:30pm and 6pm, for those who want to explore their child’s future career options and seek support from Working Wales, an employability service that provides individuals with access to personalised expert advice.
Edward Morgan, Group CSR and Training Manager at Castell Howell Foods Ltd, said: “We currently employ around 600 colleagues who live within 20 miles of our main depot in Cross Hands. As an employer with roots based in Carmarthenshire, it’s important that we continue to attract the best individuals from the local community.
“We are always looking for young people with initiative and new ideas to join our team which is why showcasing our apprenticeship pathways to young people at SkillsCymru is so important so we can speak to students first-hand and share what we have on offer.
“Our involvement at SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire includes working with Careers Wales to help organise the event and attending ourselves as one of the UK's leading independent food wholesalers. Going to the event is a great opportunity for us to meet lots of talented young people and to showcase the numerous opportunities available for them in our business.”
Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, said: “SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire provides local students and parents with valuable access to a range of employers, colleges and training providers.
“It provides a real insight into the working world for those facing the daunting prospect of leaving school and deciding on their next steps in life and gives parents and guardians specialist advice on the support needed to help inform the future choices of their child.
“I hope all those who attend find it a useful showcase of the many different routes into work.”