Hope for city youngsters

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Scotcampus — Scotland’s national student magazine — is hosting a free employment exhibition next week.

Futures Fest is a new event which aims to bring hope to young Glaswegians frustrated by the job market.

A whole host of job and training opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds will be exhibited by more than 60 businesses.

The British Army, Citizens Advice Bureau, Cooperative Renewables, Scottish Institute for Enterprise and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust are already lined up to take part.

“There’s so much negativity surrounding life for young people in the UK, but we think Scotland is a great place to live and that it’s still full of amazing opportunities,” said Graeme Barratt, Scotcampus founder and Futures Ffest organiser.

“One of the things we hear from the businesses we work with is that they maybe have relevant positions and services but can’t target younger people effectively.

“Futures Fest will really highlight just how many options there are out there.

“Not everybody chooses to go to university but that shouldn’t mean they can’t achieve what they want to in life. On the flip side, many graduates feel they have to move further afield for work after they leave further education.

“There’s so much here for them to get excited about and we just want to kick that off by showcasing some of the careers, colleges and universities that can be found in Scotland”.

The Institute of Career Guidance in Scotland is among organisations that specialise in supporting young people and helping them achieve their lifestyle goals.

Chair Ronnie Davidson said: “We are really excited to be supporting the Futures Fest.

“Our members are some of Scotland’s top career professionals and we are passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential. This is exactly the kind of place we want to be”.

The Futures Fest takes place on Glasgow’s George Square on Friday, April 27 and on Saturday, April 28, from 10am till 5pm both dates.