A recruitment event designed to showcase job and training opportunities within schools and colleges has been hailed a success by city leaders.

More than 200 people from across the city were welcomed through the doors of Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 22 May.

Teach Portsmouth, a Portsmouth City Council service which promotes teacher training and job opportunities in education, held a recruitment fair which brought together schools, colleges, training providers and charities to showcase a range of vacancies.

Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at the council said:

“Schools and colleges need the right professionals to support children and young people in and out of the classroom. When the right support is given, it enables them to focus on their education, increasing their aspirations and employment prospects in later life.

“The event was a good opportunity for people to learn about their options in a school or college by showcasing the breadth of opportunities available in Portsmouth. I hope the fair acted as a springboard to a new career in education.”

At the event, people were able to watch short presentations and ask questions inside the Opportunities Room. Topics included: how to become a teaching assistant, apprenticeships in schools, flexible employment and more.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, the main sponsor of the event, promoted a range of opportunities, including support and central service vacancies at their schools and academies across the city.

Natalie Sheppard, director of education at Thinking Schools Academy Trust said:

“It was fantastic to be among partners at the event that shared a vision on making Portsmouth a city where people want to live, learn and work. Working in a school is hugely rewarding, as you help to inspire the next generation to excel in their learning.

“I spoke with a number of attendees and learned about their interests and how we can assist them in finding employment.  Over sixty individuals have signed up for our taster sessions at our academies in Portsmouth, and I am confident that these events will produce many more success stories.”

Teach Portsmouth launched their taster sessions at the event after a successful trial recruited two people for local schools. Five multi-academy trusts and schools signed up to the scheme.

Taster sessions normally last no more than a few hours with each school supervising those who attend. The visit is restricted to meeting staff only with the opportunity to attend a short presentation about working at the school. There is no direct contact with pupils during the session.

Anyone interested in working in education, but who missed the event, can subscribe to the Teach Portsmouth newsletter at www.teachportsmouth.co.uk.