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Plymouth hosts the biggest future careers showcase event

Working in city-wide partnership, Skills Launchpad Plymouth is going live with a high-profile, interactive and inspiring two-day future careers event, showcasing the breadth of opportunities available with local employers and promoting the city’s key growth sectors.

Hosted at Home Park, Launchpad Live will run on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2022 and aims to inspire and raise the aspirations of Plymouth’s young people, and improve awareness of local career choices and progression pathways available after they leave school.

Launchpad Live will showcase the city’s key employment and growth sectors to Year 7-13 students through presenting interactive zones focused on marine, engineering and manufacturing; health and care; construction and the built environment; tourism, hospitality and retail; technology, business and creative services, as well as the Armed Forces and the emerging green and sustainability career opportunities.

The event is being organised by Plymouth City Council in partnership with YMCA Plymouth, with further support from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Plymouth Citybus.

Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People said: “It is vital that Plymouth retains its talent and develops the next generation of skilled workers. I am delighted to announce that we will be hosting this fantastic inclusive future careers showcase event which will bring together local employers, key growth sectors, training providers and career specialists to help better inform and shape the future career journeys of our young people.”

Paul Turner, Chair of the Plymouth Employment and Skills Board said: “The Skills 4 Plymouth strategic plan has a clear focus on ensuring our children and young people aspire and achieve and as employers we better coordinate efforts to promote the careers available to the future talent pipeline. This showcase event is the game-changer we need to localise careers information, advice and guidance in an interactive, fun and hands-on way to engage directly with our future workforce.”

Tom Lavis, CEO of YMCA Plymouth said: "As a Plymouth charity that has supported young people's aspirations in the city for nearly 175 years, YMCA is delighted to bring this exciting careers event to life in partnership with Plymouth City Council. The pandemic has caused one of the biggest shake-ups to the job market in decades, so we believe it's vital to now showcase what fantastic opportunities are out there. We're very proud of how we have been able to make this event truly accessible for young people and the wide scope of employers and trainers, which will make this a real landmark event for the city."

Launchpad Live takes place on Thursday 22 September (12pm until 8pm) and Friday 23 September (9.30am until 3.30pm).

For more information about the event, to book exhibition space or school bookings please contact

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