More than 2,100 people descended on Epsom to pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair and pick up advice on apprenticeships, jobs and training.
The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council was aimed at school pupils and those seeking new opportunities.
It gave them the chance to find out more about 100-plus apprentice roles currently available, meet an array of recruiters and talk to careers advisers.
Major employers at the event included Allianz Insurance, Total Gas and Power, Sainsbury’s and the county council.
Clare Curran (top left picture), Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Children, Schools and Families, said: “We’ve held this fair for several years now and yet again it has been a great success for young people deciding on the career path they want to take.
“The fair is a great way to meet and learn more about potential employers or training organisations and it’s only going to get even bigger and better as Surrey’s schools are swelled by the 13,000 places that we need to deliver despite a £215m funding gap.”
The Department for Education is expected to contribute £98m towards those school places in the next five years, which is well short of the £313m needed.
Since last October’s event, the county council has helped 600 teenagers into apprenticeships.