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Youngsters who aim high; Black Country News WEST BROMWICH.

MORE than 100 African-Caribbean pupils from schools across Sandwell took part in an Aiming High careers event.

The 13-year-olds heard from mentors including Insp Jenny Bean about their school year and career development.

Now in its ninth year, the event, held at the Bethal Convention Centre, in Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, gets pupils to think about their career options and overcoming barriers to learning. It is organised by Connexions Black Country and Prospects.

Brandon Flash, a pupil at Alexandra High School, Tipton, added: "It's been worth coming to Aiming High. I really want to be an actor when I leave school."

Vanessa, a pupil at Bristnall Hall High School, Warley, said: "I want to train to be a midwife, and this event has been really helpful."

Insp Bean, based at West Bromwich police station, said: "The Aiming High event is a good way to get the message across to young people that they can achieve and be the best they can be."

Rose Squire, one of the organisers, said: "Research suggests that African Caribbean young people still fall behind other groups in GCSE attainment.

"This conference gives young people a chance to speak candidly about their own experiences, and encourages them to aim higher."

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