Local businesses are signing up to a special careers fair that will give young people the chance to explore their ideal career and gain hands-on experience in a range of professions.

Herefordshire Council has organised the fair Me@Work which takes place at the Three Counties Showground on the 29th June 2010.  It aims to open up the world of work to 13 and 14 year old students by encouraging them to talk to professionals and try their hand at a number of skills.

This is the third year the council has run this hands-on style careers fair.  Last year 31 businesses signed up and many others are showing interest for this year including Worcester College of Technology, St John’s Ambulance, MotoV8 and many more.

Fran Wheatley, youthzone co-ordinator, said: “This is a chance for school students to explore the job of their dreams by talking to local experts, having a go themselves and finding out what sort of qualifications they need to get.  We want to attract a wide a range of professions to the event to make sure our young people have a wide and varied choice.  We’ve had quite a mix in the past including funeral directors, social workers, roof thatchers, hairdressers and dancers.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to help recruit to their respective professions and to raise their profile in the school communities.”

The council is keen to hear from any businesses who’d like to get involved.  Please contact Fran Wheatley on 01432 260670.