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

Friday 27 June 9:00am-3:30pm | Saturday 28 June 2025 10am-3:30pm @ Olympia West, 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
Quiet Afternoon

From 13:30 to 15:30 on Friday, we have a dedicated time for schools and parents bringing teenagers with additional needs.

The Expo remains open to mainstream students and parents, but the departure of the large school groups will create a calm atmosphere for this important group of students.

The afternoon talks on Friday focus on education and career opportunities for teenagers with additional needs.

What's New

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.
Pathway CTM

Pathway CTM

London, England
0208 059 0710
Unilever

Unilever

London, England
08000280173
The Mix

The Mix

London, England
020 7009 2500
London Metropolitan College

London Metropolitan College

London, England
0208 0757480
Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni

Waltham Abbey, England
0203 691 2800
Access Creative College

Access Creative College

London, England
0207 613 8380
Teesside University London

Teesside University London

London, England
020 3960 9330
Investin

Investin

+44 (0)20 3488 5089
United Colleges Group

United Colleges Group

020 7723 8826
Barnet and Southgate College

Barnet and Southgate College

London
020 8266 4000
University of Reading

University of Reading

Reading, England
Bonas MacFarlane Arts

Bonas MacFarlane Arts

London, England
+44 (0)20 7731 7489

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.

Sutton Trust

Sutton Trust

London, England
WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK

England, England
0800 612 0742
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

London, England
020 7955 6613
University of Reading

University of Reading

Reading, England
Unilever

Unilever

London, England
08000280173
Bonas MacFarlane

Bonas MacFarlane

London, England
+44 (0) 207 034 0800
University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Luton, England
0300 3300 703
Investin

Investin

+44 (0)20 3488 5089
Good Schools Guide

Good Schools Guide

London, England
+44 (0)203 286 6824

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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