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Ambitions Become Reality at the South West’s biggest careers event for young people

From hi-tech virtual reality applications to advanced medicine and healthcare – students from Bristol and South Gloucestershire’s secondary schools and colleges got a taste of their future employment prospects at Bristol’s most comprehensive careers event, Ambitions 2018.

This year’s event, which was organised in partnership by SGS College and City of Bristol College, was part of the national ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, which saw colleges across the country hosting events to showcase the brilliant work they do. 

Ambitions, which took place from Tuesday 16 – Wednesday 17 October, provided students with a unique opportunity to talk to employers, colleges, universities and training providers to discover the vast array of career and learning opportunities available, both locally and nationally – as well as learn about the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to excel.

Since its inception over 10 years ago, Ambitions has grown to become the biggest careers event for young people in the South West. This year’s event was home to over 120 exhibitors and was attended by more than 4000 visitors.

Speaking about the event, Dave Portingale from Rebuild Support, said: “It never fails to amaze me on the herculean task of organising Ambitions every year. It’s an event that is truly valued by the schools and it has become a cornerstone careers event.”

Luke Penberthy, from Brimsham Green School, said: “Our students all had a great time and engaged excellently, the employers made the workshops fun and informative as well.”

Stephen Barthorpe, from Mitie Foundation, commented: “I think that this was the best one I’ve attended over the years. Very well done.”

Lee Probert, City of Bristol College’s Principal and Chief Executive commented: “We were delighted to be able to work with SGS to deliver this year’s Ambitions event which has proved to be an invaluable opportunity for many young people to gain a real insight into what future career they might pursue.  Giving young people access to a range of experiences to enable them to make their own choices about their futures is an important role we all play as educators. I would like to thank all the employers, colleges and schools who participated and contributed by sharing their expert knowledge and ultimately making this important event such a success.”  

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal at SGS College, said: “Ambitions presents the perfect opportunity to show the positive effect Colleges have within the region. SGS is delighted to be working with City of Bristol College to host and deliver this year’s event. The continued enthusiasm of local employers to engage with young people, sharing their skills and passions, is a real positive. Also, the positive involvement of schools within the region really demonstrates how much they value this opportunity. I have no doubt that this practical inspiration and guidance will give many young students a head start into dynamic and rewarding career choices they may never have thought of before.”

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