'We want young people living in this area to be informed about their futures so that they have the best possible chance to thrive and progress.'
That was the message from Phil Page, the organiser of a higher education and progression event that offered independent advice and guidance to thousands of Suffolk based youngsters.
In total, 87 universities, apprenticeship providers and leading employers - representing every corner of the UK - came along to talk to over 2000 students at annual occasion that took place at One yesterday.
Within that total, over 400 learners from Abbeygate Sixth Form and West Suffolk College were invited to benefit from this information day.
Future One student's and several local primary schools in the IP2 postcode area of Ipswich also visited One to discuss their futures.
Mr Page – who oversaw a team who helped put this event together - is a director of curriculum at One. He said, "It was a really positive event and we are grateful to everyone who came along. The feedback I received from guests was that students were very well informed and they were asking clever questions."
16 year old Anna Pollitt from Bury attends Abbeygate Sixth Form. She said, "Being able to chat to people directly is a lot more personal than reading stuff online."
16 year old Claudia Cannon from Bury is studying a level three child care course at West Suffolk College. She said, "This has been helpful in helping me decide what I want to do next."
18 year old Isobel Barclay is from One. She said, "It (the event) has been a good exposure to who and what is out there."
Ami Becker attended from Teesside University. She said, "East Anglia is a real hot spot for us in terms of games design and travel and tourism. The students have been very engaged."
Grant Saker is head of recruitment at York St John. He said, "This is my second time here and students from Suffolk really seem to resonate with the community feel that we offer at our university. My message has been do something that is 100% right for them. Don't be swayed or influenced by others."