Students in Marlborough had the opportunity last week to discover first-hand which career might be for them and what they would need to do to be employable.
NMIT held their first Futures Conference at their Blenheim campus on Friday in conjunction with Marlborough Community College and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.
More than 180 students aged between 15 and 19-years-old attended from Marlborough Community College, Marlborough Girls' College, Marlborough Boys' College and Queen Charlotte College.
Students could pick four out of 12 workshops to attend on the day, with topics ranging from automechanics and engineering to sport and fitness, hairdressing and beauty.
NMIT Organiser Grant McNeill said they aimed to create a social event that encouraged youth to have a good look at careers available in the region.
"We want students to see the options available to them and find out which industries have a real need for more trained employees. It grows our work force which in return grows our region," he said.
Student did not need to leave Marlborough to find jobs, he said.
Marlborough Boys' College student Cameron Donald said he attended the talks on sport and fitness, and automechanics and engineering.
"It's so much broader than I expected, there's a lot more that I could do with it than just fixing cars," he said.
It was great to have the opportunity to talk to people working in the industry at each talk explaining what their day to day work was like, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Marlborough Express
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