Back by popular demand, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) Careers Fair with a difference will be back on Wednesday 4 March 2020, 11:20am – 2:45pm.

Following the success of the 2019 event, DMSF will be going back to Moss Side Leisure Centre for Building the Future 2020. and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Twice as many schools are attending as well as host of new suppliers including Fairhome – joinery; Jones Melling Chartered Surveyors; Laing O’Rourke Construction and Moss Side Fire Station. A  wide range of industries and sectors were represented at the 2019 event, from plumbing and surveying, to health and the digital sector.

The Foundation’s ‘careers day with a difference’ provides young people with the practical opportunity to experience different industries. Many of the young people who attend are being educated in Pupil Referral Units, which means they are receiving their education outside of mainstream schools as they struggle to engage with the national curriculum.

These young people can miss out on the opportunity for work experience and can therefore often feel discouraged from seeking employment. The aim of this event is to engage young people with practically based exercises and demonstrations that provide an insight into different industries and raise their career expectations.

Last years event created a real buzz and positivity for all the young people who attended, in particular Holly-May from St. Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe. She was encouraged and supported by her visit to the ‘We Are Rise’ stand, critical care specialists who bring the excitement of cutting edge 21st century healthcare into the classroom, to pursue a career in medicine as a paediatrician.

Diane Modahl, CEO of DMSF, said:After the success of the pilot project last year, my team and I were  keen to have a positive impact on even more young people across Greater Manchester and particularly those who may be struggling with conventional teaching but are promising individuals. The overwhelming feedback from our students  and our corporate partners  has been extremely positive. One of the biggest challenges our young people tell us they face, is a lack of opportunity to access industries and practically experience what it means to work in it.  

“Our partners understand that there are skills gaps within their industries and are driven to provide experiences that give our young people a positive focus and a drive to succeed.

Click here to see highlights from our 2019 event.

A wide range of industries and sectors were represented at our 2019 event. If your business would like to attend our 2020 careers day, in return for a contribution to DMSF, please contact