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1,000 students attend Passport to Opportunity at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

07 April 2015

  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkInteractive career events for local students
  • 987 young people met 30 employers and learnt work skills
  • Students were encouraged to think about life after education

987 local young people grabbed their ‘passport to opportunity’ at the eight interactive career events throughout March at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Students in years 10 to 13 from 28 local schools, academies and colleges attended the Passport to Opportunity career events where they engaged with prospective employers and learnt work related skills. Run by Prospects, the education, employment and training company, students learnt about careers available in a number of industries in and around the Park, including the arts, construction, engineering, leisure and professional services.

The eight interactive workshops provided students with a taster of what different jobs at the Park are like and the opportunity to meet 30 employers and education and training providers, including Cofely GDF Suez, Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Loughborough University, V&A Museum, Laing O’Rourke, Taylor Wimpey, West Ham United Foundation, Mace, Active Apprentice, HMRC, National Careers Service and Withers LLP, which offered practical advice and support. The events encouraged young people to consider life after education and the skills they need for different careers.

A student from Petchey Academy in Hackney who attended one of the events, said: “I’ve had a great day because I’ve learnt so much and I’m now inspired to do something with my life.”

Gemma Fox, from MRG Services a training provider for different industries including construction and hospitality, said: "It’s been a really good day. The young people got a lot from it and they've been really enthusiastic."

The London Legacy Development Corporation, who manage Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, are committed to giving young people who live near to the Park the opportunity to engage with employers and build the skills they need for work. For the past two years the Legacy Corporation has run the Legacy Careers programme which is designed to support young people in better understanding their future career choices. Almost 1,400 students have already taken part in Legacy Career events and the Passport to Opportunity workshops will continue to support the Legacy Corporation’s objectives to equip young people with information, motivation and confidence.

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For more information contact the Press Office at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on +44 (0) 20 3734 9010 or email press@QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

Notes to Editors

London’s newest visitor destination, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is a place unlike any other. Visitors to the Park are able to enjoy beautiful parklands and waterways, world-famous sporting venues, arts and events and spectacular views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit. As a new heart for east London, the Park will also provide new homes, jobs and a cultural and education quarter.

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For more information visit QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @noordinarypark and like us on Facebook facebook.com/QueenElizabethOlympicPark

About Prospects

The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and training services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we touch the lives of more than a million people through our extensive range of high quality services.

Media contact:

Peter Hose
Prospects
Communications Executive
peter.hose@prospects.co.uk
020 8315 1522


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