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They met representatives from 44 organisations to talk about the latest innovations and careers.

The first-ever Thamesmead Future Skills Expo took place at the end of June. Managed by Peabody, this two-day event offered seminars and motivational workshops, giving residents the chance to meet representatives from 44 organisations who talked about the latest innovations and careers. Subjects included cyber security, 3D printing, 3D Scanning and engineering and organisations in attendance included Barclays, Lloyds, O2 and others.

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15-year-old Thamesmead resident Yasmin Zerouali-Amari (right above) went along to the Expo. She said: "It was really good as it shows that there are loads of opportunities out there. It gave me an insight into how businesses work and what you can do within these companies, it has opened my eyes to things. I am planning to go to university but I have spoken to some of the companies who said there is an opportunity to do some work experience with them which excites me."

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While 43-year-old Thamesmead resident Ayirat Ijausi (left above) added: "It has been a real eye-opener and I now see technology and skills around it being the key to future employment opportunities. Today has been a real learning curve and taught me to be more open-minded about future careers."

Speaking about the event, Peabody’s Executive Director for Thamesmead, John Lewis said:

"Thamesmead's first-ever Future Skills Expo was a great success in supporting local people to realise their potential, promoting our desire to build a strong economic backbone for Thamesmead and enabling us to showcase some of our aspirations for London’s new town. We hope to build upon the success of this event with others in the future."