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Skills show is a hit with 6,000 visitors

Published Friday, 6th March 2020

There’s no place like home to start your career, and why not when Worcestershire has a wide range of exciting options?

The county’s largest career event the Skills Show, once again proved extremely popular with around 6,000 young people keen to find out more about the future options available to them on their doorstep.

The idea of the show, is to encourage young people to stay and work in the county and find out how they do that, with local businesses and educators. The interactive exhibits at the show work to provide young people a better understanding of the world of work and the pathways they have available.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills said: “I’m delighted that the Worcestershire Skills Show has proved to be a real success story for the county, and it continues to grow every year. It’s a great opportunity to showcase what our county has to offer, as well as offering advice and support for people taking their first step on their career path.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “ I am delighted to see that this year’s Worcestershire Skills Show was another fantastic success. The event continues to get bigger and better each year and this is down to the growing support we are seeing from the local business community and our careers hub schools, I would like to pass on my thanks to all of them for their commitment to helping inspire Worcestershire’s future workforce.”

Once again, the show allowed students to partake in a wide variety of exciting careers related activities from augmented and virtual reality headsets, to programming code and flight simulators, to help them experience the different careers possible.

The event, hosted at Chateau Impney, had 119 exhibitors from across the Midlands and 51 different schools and colleges attending with coaches full of pupils from all over the county meeting employers from the Science, Technology and Engineering sector as well as Hospitality, Marketing, and Public Services.

There was also information on other pathways available to them, with a section dedicated to higher education, and how to get the skills and qualifications that employers are really looking for.

This year’s show also engaged teachers as part of the new Teacher Zone where they were able to learn more about the careers support and guidance available to them to utilise in their schools.

The Worcestershire Skills Show is delivered by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council, through The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national initiative.

Local businesses can still support careers development and the Worcestershire Careers Hub are actively encouraging more organisations to pledge their support to join the growing business community helping to inspire Worcestershire’s future workforce and tackle the skills shortage in the county.

To get involved with the Inspiring Worcestershire campaign and future Skills Shows, contact the Worcestershire careers Hub team by emailing cec@worcestershire.gov.uk