Huge careers fair in Manchester at Levenshulme and Gorton schools run by Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

Young people in the city will be able to find out about a huge range of careers including health, construction, the media, law, the military, accountancy, property and hospitality.

Teenagers in Manchester will get a hands-on introduction to a huge range of jobs at a massive careers fair being organised by the foundation set up by a former GB athlete.

The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation is bringing its jobs event Building The Future to two schools in the city.

The employability event is being staged to help some of Manchester’s most disadvantaged 14-to-16-year-olds get their life in the world of work off to a good start.

Here’s when the event is on and what is happening there.

When is the careers fair and what’s on there?

The 2022 edition of the Building The Future is being held on Tuesday 28 June at Levenshulme High School for Girls and on Thursday 30 June at Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton.

The event aims to give young people a hands-on, practical introduction to careers and sectors including health, construction, the media, law, the military, accountancy, property, the emergency services, the digital industry and hospitality.

Exhibitors involved across both days include Future Skills Salford College, Reside, 1111 Group, Knight Knox, 1st Enable, Brandsmiths, Armed Forces, Mazars and No Fuss IT, as well as JD Sports Foundation who are the headline sponsors for the fair.

What has been said about the event?

Diane Modahl MBE, co-founder of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be re-launching the Building The Future careers fair which is such an important event for young people in Manchester.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming so many great businesses and hope the two-day event will create a number of opportunities for young people as they begin to think about their potential career options.”

Diane Modahl running for Great Britain at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Allsport for Getty Images

Keira McCosh, a professional rugby league player at Warrington Wolves, said: “Building the Future was born out of a conversation between Diane and myself around wanting to raise the game in terms of engaging young people in a conversation about their future. 

“We wanted to create an experience that left our young people feeling inspired and excited for the world of work and open their eyes to areas of industry that they potentially weren’t aware of. 

“To see our careers fair grow from an idea on paper to a fully-fledged event is both rewarding and exciting. I’m keen to see how the new format engages a new cohort of students and look forward to watching it develop and grow over the next few years.”