Worcestershire Skills Show proves huge success

Published Thursday, 10th March 2016

Young people and employers from across Worcestershire this week flocked to the County's largest skills event.

The Worcestershire Skills Show was held on Wednesday 9 March and proved a huge success, attracting over 1500 people to Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium.

The annual event, facilitated by the Connecting Schools and Business programme and funded by Worcestershire County Council, allows young people to meet with a range of businesses and employers to participate in 'have a go' activities from a variety of industries.

During the Show, they received high quality careers advice and guidance and began to understand the skills and qualifications needed to enter the careers that interest them. Attendees also discussed their options for leaving school with various colleges, Worcester University and Worcestershire Apprenticeships. 

Businesses and activities involved in this year's Skills Show included:

·         Square Eye TV, offering the chance to operate a TV camera and read from a teleprompter.

·         DRP, who offered an insight into film making and media.

·         West Midlands Safari Park, who brought along animals and were promoting their work experience programme.

·         Qinetic, who were equipped with sample Lego MegaStorm and Arduino Robots, and gave 'have a go' opportunities at Raspberry Pi activities.

·         Royal Navy, who taught young people Naval speak and gave experience of psychometric testing.

·         Barclays, who offered practice on the Barclays Life Skills computer coding programme.

·         Community Housing Group, where attendees could learn DIY skills including knocking a nail into some wood, moving plumbing pipes to release a ball and practicing ground maintenance by creating their own cress heads.

Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure said: "Making decisions about future career paths is one of the most challenging aspects of a young person's life. The Worcestershire Skills Show gives young people the chance to try out activities from a wide range of different careers, equipping them with the experience to make more informed decisions in the future, to find out where their interests lie, and to have fun at the same time.

"The range of employers and businesses meant there was something to cater for all interests, from the armed forces to computer coding experts. As well as helping young people, the Show is a superb opportunity for employers to showcase the careers they can offer, and to make an investment in their workforce of the future.

"The attendance was fantastic, and it is wonderful to see the Worcestershire Skills Show so well supported and enjoyed."