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Portsmouth Aspirations Week

16 – 20 January 2023

Portsmouth Aspirations Week is a chance for children to start thinking about what they might want to be in the future, for young people to learn about pathways into a variety of careers and for adults to learn new skills, achieve qualifications, progress in their career or get back into work after a period of absence. It’s also an opportunity for those who aspire to get fit, learn new hobbies, volunteer or go green!

You can keep up with what’s happening by using #AspirationsWeek on social media – feel free to share your own photos or activities you are involved in using the same hashtag.

There are a range of events and activities taking place during the week.

For adults

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For young people

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  • Miss School, Miss Out – find out why regular school attendance matters
  • Solent Apprenticeship Hub website
  • Portsmouth Local Offer – For young people up to age 25 with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
  • Community Learning Service – Improve your skills in IT, English, maths, and get help with your CV and careers advice
  • People and skills– Options for young people after college
  • Interested in a career in teaching? Teach Portsmouth has advice on where to start.
  • If you want a career supporting children aged up to 4 years old, then watch Teach Portsmouth’s latest webinar on early years education.
  • Video about becoming an apprentice in Portsmouth
  • For young people in year 11, check out Flying Start Portsmouth for help in planning your future and understanding your options – whether that’s college, apprenticeships or a route into a job.
  • If you want to get fitter in 2023, there’s help and information about sports centres in Portsmouth
  • My Future in Portsmouth (MFP) is a one-stop service that helps jobseekers aged between 16 and 24, living in PO1 – PO6, to find work.
  • Want to become a children’s social worker? Find information on training pathways into the profession on the Stronger Futures’ website.
  • For students in their last year of school, the University of Portsmouth’s new School Leavers’ Hub is packed full of advice on pathways into uni, developing good study habits and information on options at 18. You can listen to live talks for more tips on successful transition to post-16 study and there’s even a chance to win a tablet device in their School Leaver Hub competition.
  • For adults over 19 years old who are either in work or looking to improve their skills while job seeking,  Highbury College is offering a range of FREE distance learning Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs). The courses can be started at any point in the year. You can learn in your own time, in your own space, and at a pace that suits you. Find out more information or sign up.
  • If you are aged 13 – 25 and have special educational needs or disabilities, please share your aspirations and your views on local services by completing the young person’s SEND Survey. You can find it on the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website find it on the Portsmouth SEND Local Offer website.

For children and families

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For businesses

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