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Around 2,000 young people attended event in Blackburn Cathedral and its grounds. The event, which was set to be the largest in the borough, brought work hopefuls face to face with prospective employers and educational establishments. More than 90 employers, businesses, charities, apprenticeship and education providers were on hand to discuss opportunities in the borough.
Students from schools including Blackburn Central High School, The Heights, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Pleckgate High School, attended the event and got to speak to potential employers ranging from Thwaites and Euro Garages, to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The event was organised in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Cummins Mellor, Blackburn College, The Hive business network, Northcote, Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership and Organic Insurance.
Ilyas Munshi, commercial director for Blackburn-based firm Euro Garages, said the event aims to ‘engage and touch the lives of over 2,000 young people.‘ Mr Munshi said in a speech at the fair, which was also attended by representatives from sponsors and the council and Canon Andrew Hindley: “This is important as they are tomorrow’s business leaders, workforce, entrepreneurs and parents…We want to give them the choices to be in control of their own destiny.”
Canon Andrew Hindley at Blackburn Cathedral said: “It’s really good that we can hold an event like this…The cathedral and all religious places are all about life and living it and enjoying it and enjoying having money to spend in Blackburn with Darwen.”
Cllr Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen council, said: “Events like this are really important to raise awareness, and as a council, we want our young people to stay in the borough by studying and working.”
We were so pleased to be part of this fantastic event and loved meeting with so many wonderful people and local business representatives.
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