TEENAGERS were shown how to explore a career in tourism, outdoor adventures and hospitality.
Ysgol y Berwyn students visited Glan-llyn, near Bala to meet hoteliers, tourist attractions, hospitality and outdoor pursuit bosses for a question and answer sessions.
The event included a morning of activities outdoors where students worked with other schools to complete tasks that involve key skills such as communication, team building and problem solving.
Deio Williams from Ysgol y Berwyn, a keen rugby and football fan, said: "I am about to choose my GCSE options and this has really helped me to think about the subjects. I'd like to work in outdoor activities, so I will probably be choosing PE."
Among the problem solving activities the youngsters took part in was filling a bucket, pierced with holes, with water from Llyn Tegid, so a plastic duck inside could float.
Mirian Rhys, also from Ysgol y Berwyn, said: "I came along because I would like to work somewhere like Glanllyn, doing outdoor activities. I'd prefer to stay somewhere local, rather than go away to work."
The One Big Adventure Career Days are being funded by Gwynedd Council, together with Tourism Partnership Mid Wales, and are focussing on developing talent in the area.
Ysgol y Berwyn teaching assistant David Edwards, who began working at the school after jobs in factories, said: "I was wish something like this had been available when I was thinking about to do as a career.
“I don't think people always realise what's available, or what it means to work in the tourism sector, so this has been really useful."
Snowdonia Centres of Excellence coordinator Bethan Smith, who is organising the events, said: “We hope to show the pupils that they can stay and work in the area through the medium of Welsh and have a successful career in the tourism industry - as instructors for outdoor pursuits on land or water, in marketing, project and business management, catering, finance or IT.
“The investment by the Centre of Excellence project has helped to create 26 jobs, with this scheme we’re now looking long-term to ensure that we can continue to attract the right workforce in years to come.”
Cllr John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for the economy and community said: “Our main aim is to show these students what amazing career opportunities are on their own doorstep.
“In addition, we know that for our economy to continue to flourish and our local communities to thrive, we must ensure that school leavers seriously consider tourism, hospitality and outdoor adventure as career options and so develop the skills required to meet the high standards required by visitors.”
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