Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 9 March

First published in the Worcester News on 09.03.2018

It was great to see the success of yesterday’s Worcestershire Skills Show. The Worcestershire Skills Show is the biggest skills-based event in the county and this year’s show had a record attendance, as over 3000 school students were in attendance throughout the day.

I was pleased to see 80 businesses from many different industries attended the show to connect with the future workforce of Worcestershire. These businesses played a great role in teaching younger generations how they can achieve their ideal job by highlighting what skills they would need, and what the preferred route was after secondary school.

As always, the Worcestershire Skills Show delivered engaging and exciting activity-based stands that helped to bring the world of work to life for young people, helping them to develop a better understanding of what’s on offer for them. The event also saw the new Skills for Worcestershire website unveiled. This new website has been designed to easily help young people, and their parents and carers, to find information so that they can understand what options are available to them, to help make sure the right choices are being made.

I was pleased to see this week’s National Apprenticeship Week 2018 celebrated with apprentices in Worcestershire taking part in a selfie campaign, helping to show that apprenticeships work. Businesses and apprentices across the county took part to show their support for apprenticeships and encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as a successful pathway into the world of work.  We all know just how important apprenticeships are to our local businesses and I am glad that this campaign has helped to show just how successful apprenticeships are.

I would encourage businesses thinking about hiring an apprentice to visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website where you can find more information and discover the benefits of employing an apprentice.