"Which Way?" South West Virtual Careers Fair - SAVE THE DATE!

Updated: Feb 9

FREE Virtual Careers Fair coming to the South West.

We're thrilled to announce our new collaboration with Heart of the South West LEP, HotSW Careers Hub. Supported by Devon County Council the Virtual Careers Fair titled “Which Way?” will provide the opportunity for students across the regions of Plymouth, Torbay, Devon & Somerset FREE access to an online event that explores careers and their pathways into employment.


Location: Virtual Online – link TBC. Date: 27th, 28th and 29th April. Age Target: 13 yrs – 18 yrs Themes: Covering Careers cross the region and beyond.

Open to: 157 schools across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset.

How to get involved:

If you would like find out more or register your interest please email:


We are working to set up an upcoming registration link for this event for schools and this will be released over the coming days. We are however keen to hear of your interest, as we can provide further information via the email above or if you wish, you can contact the HotSWlep Careers Hub directly.


Contact the Careers Hub team via careershub@devon.gov.uk to find out more


As we enter 2021, once again the education system is pressed to navigate further school lockdown difficulties and all the restrictions that it imposes, we are therefore excited to be working with HotSW and facilitating this FREE online experience.

The “Which Way?” virtual careers Fair will provide students with an opportunity to have meaningful virtual encounters by virtually connecting them with employers, businesses and training providers, including Further Education and Higher Education. This will fuel imaginations, develop skills and raise aspirations in order to help them make informed decisions about future transitions and long-term career goals.

Victoria Gage, Heart of the South West Careers Hub Lead. Meet the team click here.
“The HotSW Careers Hub is delighted to be working in partnership with Learn by Design in the development and delivery of a virtual careers event. This event will support our community of schools and colleges across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth & Torbay to better understand local employment opportunities and future pathways during these challenging times”

Outcomes for students:

  • Virtual employer encounters.

  • Talks, discussions and career insight.

  • Videos and LIVE Q&A.

  • Opportunity to explore careers in their region.

  • Discover routes into apprenticeships, traineeships, FE and HE.

  • Inspire students and raise their aspirations.

  • Help students identify and develop the ability to recognise the soft skills needed for career development and life-long learning.

Outcomes for schools:

  • Support schools in meeting Gatsby Benchmarks.

  • Facilitate relationships for school employer engagement.

  • Link curriculum areas to careers learning including Stem.

  • Provide a virtual experience in a time where Face-to-Face interaction is limited.

  • Provide professional development for school, staff and parents.

  • Raise the profile of the schools across the region.

Outcomes for employers:

  • Opportunity to evaluate the science behind your company.

  • The event will showcase your company brand.

  • FREE engagement and advertising via the events online promotions.

  • Providing your business with insights into career related learning.

  • Providing you market research insight into how to recruit your future workforce.

  • Engaging your employees with a CPD opportunity that demonstrates their knowledge whilst showcasing company ethos and innovation.

  • An opportunity to grow Industry Ambassadors or launch a new apprenticeship scheme.

  • Helping employers reach out to schools and colleges in your region.

Are you an employer in the South West?

If you’re keen to get involved with this fantastic FREE opportunity to engage with local schools, showcase your company and raise aspirations in young people – please get in touch today.



Or contact the HotSWlep Careers Hub directly.


Contact the Careers Hub team via careershub@devon.gov.uk to find out more

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