Your Future

The Somerset Chamber held in 2015/16 a number of Your Future Careers Events, which are part of a government funded national project to deliver a series of 250 events through Chambers of Commerce, attracting 70,000 young people across England. These events are for young people aged 14-24 and are designed to inspire, enthuse and motivate them to think about prospective careers, the employment options available to them and to make the most of their remaining time in education.

The Your Future Careers Fairs included:

  • Information to raise awareness of Apprenticeships
  • Attendance by local businesses who provided information on careers in their companies
  • Employed young people with real life experiences of what to expect in employment and what career progression options are available
  • ‘Have a Go’ activities provided by a variety of organisations in different industries to give the young people a taster of what is involved in the work place
  • ‘Get Involved Workshops’ giving students employer perceptions of a good employee, what they look for in CVs and more.
  • Colleges and universities helping students understand their next step options in education

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About the Blue School, Wells event

About the Frome College event

Wells ‘Your Future’ careers day success

The Somerset Chamber’s recent ‘Your Future’ careers day at The Blue School in Wells was a big success, with around 250 Year 10 students taking part in the event on Tuesday 8th March 2016.

Part of the Chamber’s Bridging the Gap initiative, the event was supported by 14 local businesses, which gave up their time to engage with and inspire the students about the many and varied career opportunities available within Somerset.

The business representatives delivered a series of sessions covering topics such as the skills needed to work within their industry and general employability skills, as well as providing interactive activities and challenges for the students to undertake.

Following the event, Mark Tobin, General Manager at the Swan Hotel in Wells, said, “It was a pleasure to engage with the students at the event. It is absolutely vital for any industry to engage with students at this level of their development. It was a privilege to help direct them and answer any questions on their chosen career paths.”

Fee Bellamy, Director at Outposts Ltd, added, “It was a pleasure to visit The Blue School and speak to students about ‘life after school’ and the potential opportunities that are out there for them. As ever, it was the students that made it, though the superb organisation by The Blue School staff and the Somerset Chamber certainly helped!”

This careers day follows another successful event organised by the Somerset Chamber in November at Frome College, which attracted over 775 students. The events are designed to inspire, enthuse and motivate Somerset’s next generation of employees to think about prospective careers and the employment opportunities available to them.

The ‘Your Future’ careers fairs are part of a national, government funded project that aims to deliver a series of 250 events through the Chamber of Commerce network, attracting 70,000 14-24 year olds across England.

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Thank you to the following businesses that supported this event:

  • Airhead Animation
  • Best Western Plus Swan Hotel
  • Blom Aerofilms Ltd
  • Business Money
  • CGI
  • Marron & Cooke Investigations
  • Mogers Drewett
  • Outposts Ltd
  • Somerset Chamber of Commerce
  • Stride Treglown Management Ltd
  • The Somerset Community Foundation
  • The Team Experience
  • Train4All

If your business is interested in engaging with students and helping to bridge the gap between education and employment, please contact us at

To see the full gallery of pictures for this event, click here.

Inaugural ‘Your Future’ Careers Workshop is a Huge Success

Over 750 students attended the first in a series of new ‘Your Future’ careers workshops, held on 18th November at Frome College.your Future

Organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the event is one of 250 careers fairs being delivered by Chambers of Commerce across England as part of the Chamber network’s Bridging the Gap initiative.

Supported by the Skills Funding Agency, the Your Future fairs will give over 70,000 14-24 year olds from across England access to potential employers and training providers, to help them to plan and progress their future careers. Businesses are also being given a platform to meet the employees of tomorrow through the events, and to talk about the skills and qualities they look for when recruiting.

Eight Somerset Chamber members volunteered their time to deliver interactive workshops at the event, raising awareness on the variety of future career paths available. The workshops placed emphasis on the need to develop employability skills such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. The students also participated in a psychometric exercise, aimed at encouraging them to think about their own personality style as well as how differing styles would affect the way they work.

One of the participating students from Frome College said, “I really enjoyed the employability skills workshop, it really made me think about how important transferable skills are.”

Kelli Bolger from Lanier South West, who delivered three of the workshops at the event, said, “The Your Future Careers Fair gave me a unique opportunity to talk to young people about their career aspirations. They were particularly interested to hear about our young apprentices and how they have progressed at Lanier.”

Natasha Braithwaite from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce commented, “One area we have been keen to challenge is the gap between education and business. We are working hard to ensure th

at all students have access to their potential future employers, so that they are able to gain an understanding of the skills needed to become desirable employees. The students recognised on the day that they were not just being pushed to pass exams but to think about what happens beyond their time in education.”

Three more Your Future careers fairs will take place throughout the county in early 2016. To express your interest in taking part, please contact the team.

A special thank you to the following Somerset Chamber members for their assistance:

James Bellamy – Outposts Ltd; John McCarthy – ActionCOACH; Tessa Hibbert – Somerset Community Foundation; Carly Warren – Thoroughbred Design & Print; Simon Harvey – Benchmark Software; Kellie Bolger – Lanier South West; and Lesley Penny, Alison Turner and Isabel Evans – Somerset Skills & Learning.

To see the full gallery of pictures for this event, click here.




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