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Carmarthenshire Choose Your Future event supports record number of students

A RECORD number of students in years 10 to 13 from schools across Carmarthenshire participated in the ‘Choose Your Future Carmarthenshire’ event, held on Thursday 22 February 2024.

Jointly hosted by Careers Wales and Coleg Sir Gâr, in collaboration with Carmarthenshire County Council, and Castell Howell Foods, the event aimed to provide attendees with valuable insights into various career opportunities and pathways available to them.

The event welcomed 2,500 school pupils at the Supporters Village Arena in Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Attendees were from nine local schools and had the opportunity to explore a wide range of options, including courses, careers, apprenticeships, and training routes.

Representatives from 70 employers across different industries were present to offer firsthand information, advice on what employers are looking for in their workforce, to answer questions and provide invaluable insights into the world of work.

Sarah Winter, a team manager at Careers Wales, said, “It was fantastic to see students engaging with an array of employers from across the region and exploring different roles and opportunities available to them.

“The aim of events like this is to guide and encourage students, so they can leave feeling confident and empowered to make informed decisions about their future careers.”

Pupils had a chance to participate in virtual reality activities

Mandy Wyrwoll, Marketing Manager Coleg Sir Gâr, stated: “It was amazing to host this with Careers Wales. It gave every Year 10 learner a great opportunity to make informed decisions to support their Career path, whether it be in college or the world of work.

“It was great to see so many employers along with the College making sure that these learners had the best experience at this event.”

David Jones, stakeholder director at Blue Gem Wind, said: “Events like this are incredibly important for us. A lot of young people aren’t aware of the variety of roles available in our industry beyond engineering. From marketing and communications to HR and beyond, there’s a whole spectrum of opportunities.

“It’s great to have the chance to chat with them and show them how quickly our industry is expanding. We were pleasantly surprised by the level of interest and participation from the pupils today.”

Additionally, dedicated careers advisers were available on-site to assist students with inquiries regarding various job opportunities, courses, and qualifications. The event aimed to empower young people with the knowledge and resources needed to make informed decisions about their future career paths.

  • Careers Wales 
  • Swansea Bay City Deal 
  • DVLA 
  • K Sharp 
  • Blue Gem Wind 
  • DP Energy 
  • Marine Energy Wales 
  • Cierco Energy 
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary 
  • LA Architects 
  • J Randall Roofing Contractors Ltd 
  • Castle Scaffolding Wales 
  • Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd 
  • Lloyd & Gravell Ltd 
  • TAD Builders Ltd 
  • Cyfle Building Skills 
  • Tilbury Douglas 
  • TRJ Ltd 
  • PCR Global 
  • Andrew Scott Ltd 
  • Bouygues 
  • Morganstone Ltd 
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University 
  • University Of South Wales 
  • Further Maths Support Programme 
  • Coleg Sir Gar Higher Educatio 
  • Bangor University 
  • Wrexham Glyndwr University 
  • Big Ideas Wales 
  • Screen Alliance Wales 
  • Cardiff University 
  • Swansea University 
  • University Of Wales Trinity St David 
  • Qinetiq 
  • Educators Wales 
  • Into Film 
  • Yr Egin 
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board 
  • CITB  
  • Educa8 Training 
  • LRC Training 
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol 
  • Gower College Swansea 
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board 
  • Carmarthenshire County Council 
  • We Care Wales 
  • Communities for Work, Communities for Work Plus and the Legacy Programme 
  • Llwyddo’n Lleol 
  • Menter Gorllewin Sir Gar / Bro Dinefwr / Gwendraeth Elli 
  • Dunbia 
  • Castell Howell Foods Ltd 
  • Tasty Careers Wales 
  • Menter a Busnes Food and Drink 
  • Menter a Busnes (Farming Connect) 
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales 
  • Principality Building Society 
  • LHP Chartered Accountants 
  • Clay Shaw Butler 
  • Jennings Solicitors 
  • Coleg Sir Gar 
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust 
  • Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service 
  • Dyfed Powys Police 
  • Royal Air Force 
  • Royal Navy 
  • British Army 
  • HM Prisons and Probation Service 
  • MPCT 
  • Plas Dwbl 
  • BT