“Xplore Your Future TY Skills Expo” hosted last week at The Helix has been hailed as a major success, writes Rose Barrett.
The first-of-its-kind event drew over 1,600 TY students from across the country, setting a benchmark in youth empowerment but demonstrating the potential to shape a brighter, more sustainable future for all.
Fingal County Council, in conjunction with Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin Regional Skills Forum (DRSF), the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFERIS) proudly hosted the inaugural expo across three levels at The Helix. Some 70 exhibitors from leading education bodies and industry sectors participated in the Expo.
Organised as part of the Fingal Skills Strategy and the European Year of Skills 2023, provided TY students with inspiration for their educational and career prospects, with interactive exhibits, informative workshops, and engaging presentations aimed at stimulating the imaginations of the young students attending for their future endeavours.
Xplore was seen as an innovative platform for sharing knowledge and building valuable connections between young talents and industry leaders. It featured a diverse range of exhibitors, including leading universities, vocational schools, institutes of further and higher education, industry professionals, and career experts, all eager to share their knowledge and insights with the young attendees. Students had the opportunity to interact with representatives from various fields, ask questions, and gain valuable advice to help shape their prospects both on an educational front and in terms of careers.
AnnMarie Farrelly, CE of FCC, said: “This marks a significant milestone in Ireland’s educational landscape. I am extremely proud that Fingal is once again at the forefront of delivering much-needed initiatives like Xplore, reaffirming our commitment to shaping a brighter future for our community’s youth. This event truly ignited a passion for exploration and learning, and I hope that we will be welcoming even more schools, students, and educators in the years to come.”