PUPILS across Essex will be given an exclusive careers booklet to help them get on the right track to their dream job.

The Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB) has created the booklet to give year nine pupils in all schools in Essex, Southend and Thurrock the information they need about jobs in growth sectors in the region to let them know about the wealth of opportunities available to them.

The booklet contains competitions where students can enter to win one of 14 £30 Amazon gift vouchers as well as details of more than 70,000 local vacancies in Essex, Southend and Thurrock, demonstrating the excellent opportunities which exist for an exciting and fulfilling career in the county.

The factsheets provide localised career information for each of the ESB’s priority sectors: Advanced manufacturing and engineering; care; construction; health; finance and insurance; IT; digital and creative; and logistics.

It is part of the ESB’s response to ensuring key sectors across Greater Essex have the future workforce they need and young people aspire to amazing, well-paid career opportunities which are available locally.

Suzanne Jude, ESB’s chairman, said: “We are really excited to be launching these fantastic new resources, responding to feedback from young people and schools that they’d like localised information. What we have on offer in Essex is incredible and we want to ensure that young people can benefit.

“These factsheets will be a great way for schools and young people to learn more about their local economy and career opportunities.

“We are very fortunate in Greater Essex that such localised resources are being developed through the strong partnership of employers, educators and local authorities as represented on the Employment and Skills Board.”

Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council and councillor responsible for Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Partnerships, said: “Essex is a national economic powerhouse boasting businesses as diverse as finance, advanced manufacturing, bio-tech firms, creative companies and a thriving retail sector. This diversity creates fantastic employment opportunities for young people in Essex.

“These factsheets will help them learn about the wide range of opportunities available and make sure that they have the skills they need to secure employment and benefit from Essex’s ongoing success story.”