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Students and residents in Thamesmead learn more about digital careers at convention

PUBLISHED: 09:58 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:58 11 July 2017

43-year-old Thamesmead resident, Ayirat Ijausi with Kayleigh Upward from O2

43-year-old Thamesmead resident, Ayirat Ijausi with Kayleigh Upward from O2

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Hundreds attended the event

Hundreds of Thamesmead students and residents were given the chance to discover the possibilities of a digital career path at a convention put on by the town’s main housing group.

Barclays, Lloyds and O2 were among the big business names offering advice on careers in technology, which organisers Peabody put on a number of seminary and motivational workshops led by representatives from 44 different organisations.

More than 400 people attended the two-day event at the Thames Innovation Centre.

“The skills expo was a great success in supporting local people to realise their potential, promoting our desire to build a strong economic backbone for Thamesmead and enabling us to showcase some of our aspirations for London’s new town,” said John Lewis, Peabody’s executive director for Thamesmead.

Yasmin Zerouali-Amari, 15, was at the event at the end of June, she said: “The Expo was really good as it shows that there are loads of opportunities out there. It gave me an insight into how businesses work and what you can do within these companies, it has opened my eyes to things. I am planning to go to university but I have spoken to some of the companies who said there is an opportunity to do some work experience with them which excites me.”

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