YOUNGSTERS from Knutsford Academy and Wilmslow High School will be among thousands in Cheshire to attend a four-day online careers festival next week.

The 'Paving the Way' festival will be hosted from next Tuesday, May 19, by The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge – a partnership between the local enterprise partnership (LEP) and employers designed to inspire the county's youngsters.

Knutsford Academy and Wilmslow High are two of 46 schools and colleges that have so far registered to take part, while any other young person, parent, carer or teacher can also tune in.

More than 50 employers are getting involved, and attendees will experience a day in the life of industries ranging from food and agriculture to law and finance.

There will also be top tips on successful university applications, college life and becoming an apprentice, plus a range of activities to develop industry knowledge and skills.

It follows the success of the Pledge Learn Live at 11am broadcasts, which take place each Tuesday and Thursday and have seen more than 15,000 young people tune in for careers advice.

Clare Hayward MBE DL, chairman of Cheshire and Warrington LEP said: “I’m delighted that our online careers support has been so well received.

"Our aim is to help students feel informed and confident in making learning and careers decisions.

"Businesses and schools have really embraced the opportunity to provide careers inspiration, with young people engaging with the Learn Live sessions in their thousands.

"It’s fantastic to see what can be achieved, and look forward to coming together for our first online careers festival next week.”

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