Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced it is hosting a pilot careers inspiration event for over 700 Year 9 pupils on Thursday 9 June 2022 in Newry Leisure Centre.
The event, 4C UR Future LIVE will be delivered by local social enterprise, 4C UR Future, an industry-led Community Interest Company founded by business leader Rose Mary Stalker. The company works collaboratively with a wide range of employers from key sectors in Northern Ireland to empower young people to make more informed education and career choices.
The 4C UR Future LIVE event will be a fun, fast-paced, action-packed day of interactive skills games and work-based challenges. Each game will be co-created and delivered by local employers, providing Year 9 students with an insight into the future world of work, while helping them to identify their own strengths and talents.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason welcomed the delivery of the 4C UR Future Event saying, “There has been an overwhelming interest from local schools to participate in this interactive skills-based event, to engage students in career inspiring activities. We are delighted that over 700 year 9 students will be participating.”
Cllr Mason continued, “The event is open to all schools within our district and the support and engagement of our local employers in skills-based events like this will be key to developing our local and future talent. I would encourage any employers interested in getting involved to speak to a member of our Businesses Development team.”
To further support these LIVE events, 4C UR Future are launching a new Careers Portal in September 2022 which will be available for all pupils and schools to use. This bespoke and employer-led digital platform will provide young people with a go-to resource for impartial and up-to-date careers information.
4C UR Future Managing Director, Rachel Doherty, said, “With the support of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, we are delighted to be holding a pilot 4C UR Future LIVE event at Newry Leisure Centre in June. Over 50 employers are involved in delivering 4C UR Future LIVE 2022 and we’re mobilising almost 300 ‘Career Heroes’ from our volunteer community to deliver and facilitate LIVE events across the province. We welcome more local employers to reach out and get involved in these game-changing events.”
Ms. Doherty continued, “The world of work is changing rapidly with new jobs, and even entirely new sectors, emerging. This has resulted in a complex careers landscape that can make choosing GCSE subjects, further education pathways, and future career options overwhelming, confusing, and stressful for our young people.
Through 4C UR Future LIVE events and our first-generation Careers Portal, which is launching in September, we aim to keep young people informed about the wide range of opportunities available to them, to help them navigate the complex careers landscape, and inspire them to achieve their ambitions and become the best version of themselves.”