A CAREERS charity is aiming to boost parents who want to get back into work, as well as youngsters thinking about the workplace for the first time.

Learning to Work, which has operated in the area for over 24 years, will once again host its Slough Aspire Careers Event , with your Observer as one of its media sponsors, from Wednesday, February 7 to Thursday, February 8 in the Refresh Skills Centre, 221 Bath Road, Slough.

The event will welcome 15 schools and over 1,500 Year 9 pupils over two days, in addition to parents, carers, and residents.

The young people participating will join in a Business question and answer session, explore entry level requirements for different career paths, and meet over 70 exhibitors in the market place.

The first day of the event will include an open session between 3.45pm and 6.30pm, inviting parents, carers, and residents to hear about opportunities, progression and skills for the workplace.

Acting CEO of Learning to Work, Nancy Lalor, said: “Careers advice needs to stretch far beyond young people and into the world of parents and carers, only then will we have an all inclusive information advice and guidance programme that supports all.

“The Slough Aspire Careers Event is a great opportunity to bring this to life as the event has a window for everyone. In the last year alone we have created over 24,000 opportunities for young people to interact in impactful encounters with business volunteers, truly bridging the gap between business and education.”

The event is supported by Slough MP Tan Dhesi, and Slough Borough Council.

Mr Dhesi said: “I’m pleased that Learning to Work offers Careers awareness events like this, and hope you can carve out a path that meets your aspirations. My thanks go to all the business volunteers.”

Peter Collins, headteacher of Slough and Eton CoE Enterprise College in Ragstone Road, said: “The annual Slough Careers fair, work experience and enterprise events support the implementation of careers guidance that our superb teaching staff provide. They continue to make the link between curriculum learning and careers providing a local workforce for local employers “

To find out more about the event, visit: www.learningtowork.org.uk/slough-aspire-careers-event/