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The Expo for Teens
Education & Career Choices, plus Life Skills

Friday 28 June 9:30am-3:30pm | Saturday 29 June 10am-3:30pm @ Olympia London
The FREE two-day Step Up Expo features three main content zones

life choices

Life Skills

Practical advice and support on the issues facing teenagers today, including:

  • Building financial confidence
  • Tackling a lost mindset
  • Turning your passion into a pay cheque
  • Why failure can be good – stepping outside your comfort zone
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Education Choices

Helping teenagers and parents through the minefield of education choices from GCSEs to degrees:

  • How best to revise for GCSEs
  • Should I move schools or college after my GCSEs?
  • A-Levels, T-Levels, BTEC or IB?
  • Should I go to university?
  • What’s it like to study at Oxbridge?
  • What university access programmes are available?
Metropolitan Police

Career Choices

Explore the different pathways towards work:

  • What skills are employers looking for?
  • Earn & learn: the apprenticeship route
  • Careers in finance and the City
  • Should I get a part-time job?
  • Careers of the future: robots, AI and the metaverse

Friday 28th June, 2024 
9:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday 29th June, 2024 
10:00am – 3:30pm

Olympia London 
Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

NEW for 2024

FORMA @ Step Up Expo

FORMA, the creative arts fair gives a unique overview of the routes into creative careers. The fair brings together universities, colleges and employers. Look at all routes into your chosen creative career from prestigious degrees, to apprenticeships, to entry level courses.

We are delighted to announce that FORMA 2024 will be taking place inside this year's Step Up Expo.

WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK is a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments.

Visit WorldSkills UK's stand to meet with experts and apprentices to explore and experience dynamic, innovative and exciting Engineering and Technology and Digital technical careers, including general apprenticeships and technical education information.   

For educators and guardians looking for free TVET careers resources and information, visit WorldSkills UK's website to find out more. 

Career Resources & Information

Discuss your career and education choices, and develop life skills.

Plan your next steps with London’s leading 16+ sixth forms & FE colleges, discuss your 18+ options with universities, employers & training providers.

Inspirational Exhibitors

STEP UP brings together a unique mix of schools, colleges, universities and employers.
The EXPO aims to give London teenagers access to a whole spectrum of education, training & career choices.
MetFilm School

MetFilm School

London, England
020 8280 9119
The Honourable Company Of Air Pilots

The Honourable Company Of Air Pilots

London, England
+44 (0) 20 7404 403
WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK

England, England
0800 612 0742
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham
+44 (0)115 848 2999
Ada, the National College for Digital Skills

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills

London, England
0203 1050 123
Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

02039263926
Investin

Investin

+44 (0)20 3488 5089
Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni

Waltham Abbey, England
0203 691 2800
United Colleges Group

United Colleges Group

020 7723 8826
Arts University Plymouth

Arts University Plymouth

Plymouth, England
01752 203343
University of Reading

University of Reading

Reading, England

Inspirational Exhibitors

Step Up Expo brings together a unique mix of schools, colleges, universities and employers, giving London teenagers access to a whole spectrum of education, training and career choices.

Find out more.

Good Schools Guide

Good Schools Guide

London, England
+44 (0)203 286 6824
Solent University Southampton

Solent University Southampton

Southampton, England
023 8201 5066
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham
+44 (0)115 848 2999
University of Law

University of Law

London, England
0800 289 997
DeMontfort University

DeMontfort University

Leicester, England
0116 250 6070
Evening Standard

Evening Standard

London, England
United Colleges Group

United Colleges Group

020 7723 8826
Arts University Plymouth

Arts University Plymouth

Plymouth, England
01752 203343
WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK

England, England
0800 612 0742
Investin

Investin

+44 (0)20 3488 5089
United Colleges Group

United Colleges Group

020 7723 8826
Pathway CTM

Pathway CTM

London, England
0208 059 0710

Step Up News

Step Up is a new multi-platform initiative by the Evening Standard to help London’s parents navigate the education landscape and inspire young Londoners to think about their futures.

February 01, 2024
Standard urges swift action to address the challenges facing children and teenagers in our city in an open letter to the Government, Labour and London…

Get young Londoners the support they need

November 21, 2023
London students struggle to get work experience in offices because so many people are working from home, the head of a major college group warned.…

Students 'struggling to secure work experience in offices because so many people work from home'

October 03, 2023
Experts from the world of education gathered at the Evening Standard’s Liverpool Street headquarters. Read more

Poor students ‘likelier to opt for universities close to home’ data reveals

July 03, 2023
The Evening Standard’s two-day Step Up Expo gave young people access to experts from school sixth forms, universities, colleges, and employers. Read more

Step Up Expo: 5,000 teenagers visit Olympia London

Inspirational Speakers

Step Up Expo brings together a unique mix of celebrities, influential teenagers, educators & employers

In Partnership With

WorldSkills UK
unifrog

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Education Choices
Good Schools Guide
Spark! Kick Starting Careers
Not Going to Uni
Find out more about our partners

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