Young people from every school, academy and college in Thurrock were in attendance to get insight and advice from over 120Â exhibitors, including local employers from the private and public sectors, colleges and universities.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, also attended the event and spent an hour meeting students and exhibitors. Speaking at the event, he said: "It is truly inspirational to see so many young people exploring the many opportunities available to them in their own borough and beyond.
"I am very thankful to the council staff, employers, colleges and universities who make this wonderful event possible."
Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, commented after the event: "What Opportunity Thurrock does so well is it shows young people the huge variety of exciting possibilities they can pursue in the years ahead.
"If any young people in Thurrock are feeling unsure about their options or want help in choosing or finding their next step, I would urge them to visit Inspire Youth Hub [24-28Â OrsettÂ Road, Grays], the base for the council's award-winning employability and skills team and career guidance services. Staff are available year-round to help any young people up to ageÂ 29 with their career choices."
Thurrock residents aged 16Â toÂ 29 who are not in employment, education or training can receive free, specially tailored assistance from the council's OnTrack programme. Every person who signs up for the service will be assigned a personal advisor who will help them to find the best options for their aspirations, such as providing access to great job opportunities, apprenticeships, training courses, qualifications, and a range of complementary support, such as CV and interview preparation. For more information and to sign up, go to thurrock.gov.uk/careers-advice