THERE'S an opportunity for young people to meet with representatives from colleges, universities and employers at a Halesowen careers fair this weekend.

The event at Halesowen Library in the Cornbow Centre on Saturday September 23 runs from 10am to 3pm.

There will be representatives from Halesowen College, Windsor Sixth Form, University of Worcester, Newman University, King Edward Sixth Form College, Embark Learning Care Academy, King and Queens Hair and Beauty Academy, National Careers Service, Springboard, University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands Police, The Army and Home Instead.

The event is aimed at school leavers and their parents or young people looking for advice, guidance or even a change of career.

Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member for public health, responsible for libraries, said: "Libraries provide resources for learning such as textbooks, revision and study guides and free computer use, as well as being welcoming study spaces.

"But they can also provide avenues to higher education such as this careers day. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about the wide range of HE, FE and careers opportunities for our young people and I hope young people and their families make the most of it."

Stephanie Rhoden, Better partnership manager for Dudley Libraries said: "We know it can be a daunting time when exams are over and it feels like you have your life mapped out already.

"This is why we’ve worked with these colleges, universities and employers to give young people a sense of all the opportunities open to them so they can see the range of ways in which they can take their next step into further education, higher education or the workplace.

"We’re really grateful to the institutions and organisations who have given up their time to take part in the day and support our young people."

Time slots for talks are: King Edward sixth form college 10.30 to 10.50am Halesowen college 11.00 to 11.20am Why HE and choosing a course - University of Worcester 11.30 to 11.50am Student finance - University of Worcester noon to 12.20pm Student life - University of Wolverhampton 12.30 to 12.50pm The Army 1.30 to 2pm