Derry City & Strabane District Council To Host Careers Inspiration Event For Year 9 Pupils

Derry City & Strabane District Council has announced it is hosting a pilot careers inspiration event for over 700 Year 9 pupils called 4C UR Future LIVE in June 2022. 

Designed and delivered by local social enterprise, 4C UR Future, the industry-led Community Interest Company – founded by business leader Rose Mary Stalker – works collaboratively with a wide range of employers from the key sectors in Northern Ireland, with the aim of empowering young people to make more informed education and career choices.

4C UR Future LIVE is a fun, fast-paced, and action-packed day of interactive skills games and work-based challenges, with each game co-created and delivered by local employers, giving Year 9 students an insight into the future world of work, as well as their own strengths and talents. 

Announcing support for the event, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke said: “We are delighted to be working with 4C UR Future to deliver this event in Foyle Arena, which will be an exciting, informative, and interesting day for all of the schools attending. 

“This will give our local pupils opportunities to learn more about the working world, making plans for the future, and about themselves, their skills, and qualities, and what professions might suit them. It offers them the chance to engage directly with local employers that they might one day find themselves working for. 

“It’s great to see so many businesses signed up to be part of this fantastic event and I would encourage any local employers who are not signed up yet to consider getting involved.”

4C UR Future Managing Director, Rachel Doherty, added: “With the support of Derry City & Strabane District Council, we’re delighted to be holding a pilot 4C UR Future LIVE event at Foyle Arena in June. Over 50 employers are involved in 4C UR Future LIVE 2022 and we’re mobilising almost 300 ‘Career Heroes’ from our volunteer community to deliver and facilitate the LIVE events across the province.

“The world of work is changing rapidly with new jobs, and even entirely new sectors, emerging. This has resulted in a complex careers landscape that can make choosing GCSE subjects, further education pathways, and future career options overwhelming, confusing, and stressful for our young people.

“Through 4C UR Future LIVE events and our first-generation CAREERS PORTAL, which is launching in September, we aim to inform young people of the wide range of opportunities available to them, help them navigate the complex careers landscape, and inspire them to achieve their ambitions and become the best version of themselves.”

For more information on 4C UR Future, and local employers can get involved, go to: www.4curfuture.com.