The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of Wales has shown that young people have been disproportionately affected. This could mean that many young people may be wondering about their options in and after education.  We might be living and learning in very difficult times, but there are still opportunities available.

To make sure no young person misses out, radio presenter, Huw Stephens, has teamed up with Welsh Government to launch Your Future Festival – an online platform of resources helping young people understand their options in education.

Taking place between 21-25 June, Your Future Festival is an unmissable virtual event organised by Welsh Government and hosted by Working Wales, which is delivered by Careers Wales, that will enable young people across Wales to understand the options available to them, including staying on in school, starting a business and training opportunities like apprenticeships and traineeships.

Schools, colleges, employers, and work-based learning providers across Wales are supporting the virtual festival by providing resources and information on topics including choosing your GCSEs, starting your own business, applying to university, and building your confidence.

Hay Festival will be providing a range of content, including short films for A level students by authors, scientists and thinkers appearing at Hay festival, as well as workshops and information about the writing residency available to all 16-18 pupils held during Hay festival.

Your Future Festival will be hosted online across six stages, so there’s something for everyone from Year 9 and over. There will also be a dedicated stage advice on dealing with stress, how to take care of your mental health and building your confidence.

Radio presenter, Huw Stephens said: “Like any festival, we’ve got a great line up for young people across Wales. Even though we’ve been living in very challenging times, their future doesn’t need to be put on the back burner. There are still options out there, and Your Future Festival is an opportunity for them to delve deeper into what they may be.”

Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and the Welsh language said:

“Making your post-16 choices is a big step in your early career, so it’s vital young people are equipped with the right information to take them to into the next stage in their education, training or work.

“If you’re making your post-16 choices this year, the Your Future Festival is a chance to gain insight into the courses and learning opportunities out there. The festival will help you plan for your next step, whichever path you choose.”

Aine Venables, Education Manager at Hay Festival, said: “Wales is bursting with talented young creatives and we want to support them wherever we can. We’re excited to offer some specially curated Hay Festival highlights on this year’s Your Future Festival programme, sharing some inspiration and hope for the change-makers of tomorrow.”

To register for a ticket, Search Working Wales, Your Future Festival, follow Working Wales on Facebook and @WorkingWales on Twitter or call Working Wales on 0800 028 4844.

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