‘Dress up as your future self’ day, developing IT skills and business support drop-in sessions – just a few of the free events planned for Portsmouth Aspirations Week 2024, which will kick off on Monday 22 January.

Portsmouth City Council has invited schools, early years settings, businesses and community organisations to join them in helping residents of all ages to voice and take steps towards realising their future goals. Events running during Aspirations Week will give children, young adults, and residents the opportunity to explore further education options and future career prospects, as well as broader aspirations such as getting fit, learning a new hobby or going green.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Portsmouth Aspirations Week is a fantastic opportunity to inspire children, young people and adults to think about their futures. It gives people a chance to understand the steps they can take to ensure their own success and the help that’s available – at school and beyond – to help them to reach their ambitions.

“It’s great to hear that so many businesses, schools and community organisations are taking part this year. I am looking forward to attending events around the city and speaking to young people and adults about their aspirations and hopes for the future. ”

For Portsmouth Aspirations Week 2024, a range of employment workshops and webinars are being planned, to help adults to upskill and engage in a variety of new careers.

As well as the launch of the Employability Academy that brings together opportunities, support and resources to help young people overcome barriers, raise aspirations and make successful progression into employment, training and higher education.

Schools, preschools and nurseries are holding a variety of different events including dress up as your future self day, speakers including ambulance service, police officers and a radiographer, and activities to get young people thinking about their future.

Portsmouth Aspirations Week sets the scene for further careers and apprenticeship activities in following weeks including the Teach Portsmouth Jobs Fair on Monday 26 February; a free event to support those looking for jobs in schools and colleges.

To find out more about Portsmouth Aspirations Week, please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/aspirationsweek