Young people have been given a helping hand on their journey to university or a career at a showcase of the routes open to them.
Bede Academy in Blyth held its first careers and higher education fair aimed at students taking GCSEs and A levels next summer.
Representatives from 12 universities from across the North and Scotland travelled to Blyth for the event, handing out prospectuses and answering the students’ questions about university life and the courses on offer.
A similar number of employers from a range of industries also attended including the Army and Royal Air Force, Catapult Offshore, British Engines, Procter and Gamble and Irwin Mitchell solicitors.
And the East Chamber of Commerce promoted apprenticeships and the Prince’s Trust offered self-employment as an alternative option.
For sixth form students at Bede the event was a useful way to identify which universities offer courses they are interested in.
One of the more unusual was UCFB, which has campuses at Burnley Football Club, Wembley and the Etihad Stadium in Manchester offering 20 different degrees in sports related subjects.
John Hardie, head of careers at Bede Academy, who organised the event, said: “This is our first careers fair and I’m delighted so many universities and employers supported it. It’s been extremely valuable for students and we also felt it was important to invite parents too so they could find out more to help their children plan their futures.”