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LOCAL companies, business leaders, training providers and representatives from the public sector will be showcasing the career and training opportunities available in the borough at Opportunities West Norfolk (OWN) on October 19-20 at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn.

Now in its sixth year, the Opportunities West Norfolk progression event aims to inspire and inform 14 - 19 year olds, helping them to forge careers in West Norfolk. This year over 40 exhibitors have already signed up to attend.

With interactive exhibitions, which allow young people to get hands-on experience of the various sectors that make up West Norfolk’s economy, OWN has earned itself a reputation for dynamism. Last year over 1,500 young people attended.

Cllr Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Partnership Chairman, said: “West Norfolk is a great place to live, work and do business. We have ambitions to make it even better. Key to this is ensuring that local talent is nurtured so that the private and public sector have a skilled, motivated and dynamic workforce capable of driving their industry forward.

Opportunities West Norfolk showcases the varied opportunities on offer in the borough, raising aspiration, and helping to secure the future development of local industry.”

Trish Judson, Opportunities West Norfolk Partnership Director, said: “We are really excited about this year’s event as it promises to be our best yet. Last year both young people and exhibitors were really positive about the day. Young people came away feeling much more able to plan their futures and exhibitors said that meeting their future workforce was really useful in planning their own development.”

Organisers went on to thank exhibitors for their continued support.

West Norfolk-based insurance firm Adrian Flux Insurance, responsible for employing over 500 staff, explained why they find it useful to attend: “As long-term supporters of the event, we see it as an important way of maintaining our profile among young people in the area, and to show them the opportunities that exist on their doorstep when they are ready to start their working lives.

“We are passionate about supporting the local community and young people, because they are vital to the future growth and prosperity of our company, and that’s why the Opportunities West Norfolk event is so important.”

Other companies attending this year’s event include BAE Systems, British Sugar, British Racing School, BT and Mansell. The armed forces will be represented by RAF Marham and the Army, and public sector stands will include Norfolk Constabulary, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. There will also be plenty of opportunities to find out about training options from the College of West Anglia, University College Lincoln and Not Going to Uni.

A few exhibition spaces remain. Businesses who would like to be involved can contact Debbie Harris on 01953-889401 or via email at dh@2upltd.co.uk

Opportunities West Norfolk is organised by the Opportunities West Norfolk 14 – 19 Partnership. It is sponsored by the West Norfolk Partnership and Aim Higher. This year’s event is being managed by 2up Ltd.

For more information about Opportunities West Norfolk visit www.ownevent.co.uk.