KentChoices Live to inspire youngsters in career decisions
Inspiring young people about future employment opportunities is
at the heart of a special show opening next week.
Kentchoices Live, a joint event by Kent County Council and the
KM Group, returns on March 13 and 14 with expert advice for
thousands of youngsters.
At a time of high youth unemployment, the expo - held
during National Apprenticeships Week - is designed to make young
people more aware of career options and help them make early
More than 2,000 students are due to attend the free two-day
event at the Kent Showground, Detling – with 1,200 clients from Job
Centre Plus expected on March 14.
The show builds on the Youth Focus event inaugurated in 2007 by
Allan Willett when he was Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, and continued in
His successor Viscount De L’Isle (pictured above), will open the
show alongside KCC chairman Richard King. He will be accompanied by
a number of Deputy Lieutenants, including musician Jools
Lord De L’Isle said: “This year The Lieutenancy is focussing on
Youth Employment and is very pleased to be supporting KCC and the
KM Group at Kent Choices Live.
"This is giving Kent’s young people an opportunity to find a
career which will motivate their interest for their move into the
Mike Whiting, KCC cabinet member for education, learning and
skills, is attending with Cllr John Cubitt, who has particular
responsibility learning and skills among the 14 to 24 age
Cllr Whiting said: “It can be tough for teenagers to decide what
to do after leaving school but Kentchoices Live offers essential
guidance to young people to help them make important decisions for
Masterclasses will be on offer to students, and exhibitors range
from education, voluntary organisations and apprenticeships to the
armed forces and industry.
They include the Royal Air Force, the Hair Academy, Kent Police,
IT specialists, Encouraging Programming in Kent (EPIK), Kent
Wildlife Trust, BT Apprenticeships, universities and colleges, and
Fairbridge Prince’s Trust which will showcase its Get Started With
Music project for 16 to 25-year-olds.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales will
hold a team business game while Microsoft will be talking about
Kent Probation Service will ask students to watch a film clip
and decide the appropriate sentence.
- Kentchoices Live is being held from 9am to 3pm on March 13 for
11 to 16-year-olds and is only available to pre-booked school
groups. On March 14, the event runs from 9am to 3.30pm and is open
to students aged 16 to 18, as well as members of the public. More