Raising Ambitions for Barnsley's young people

The annual Ambition Barnsley event held at the Metrodome on Wednesday 21 November welcomed hundreds of students from across the borough.

Colleges, training providers and a whole range of employers including Barnsley College, Barnsley FC, British Army, Royal Air Force, NHS and leading local industry employers offered their time to show young people of Barnsley the range of options and career pathways available.

The event, organised by Barnsley Council’s young people service, ‘I Know I Can’ continues to grow, this year including virtual reality technology, dance and music performances, and even a live radio studio, creating a real buzz within the hall.

Student journalists from Horizon Community College also gained experience reporting live on the day. They welcomed the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, to the event, who was invited to chat with students and see some of the interactive workshops taking place.

A total of 385 students attended during the day, with 800 young people, parents and carers attending the evening session, and 67 providers and employers offering the chance to try out different skills and find out more about employment and different pathways open to them such as academic, vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This was another fantastic event and a big thank you to all the providers and employers who make this event a success.

“It’s great to see so many young people attending each year, asking questions and considering the range of exciting options available to them in the future."

Pictured: Steph Lee, Lauren Surtees and Chelsea Walker from the IKIC team, with Horizon College students Lacy Burrows and Megan Chappell.

Lacy and Megan, reporters on the day, welcome the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green.

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