Worcestershire Skills Show set to welcome 5,000 young people, employers and education providers, for county’s largest ever skills event

5,000 young people will be brought together with employers and education providers from across the Midlands at next week’s Worcestershire Skills Show 2019.

The largest skills event to ever take place in Worcestershire will be welcoming thousands of students to the Regent Centre, Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa on Wednesday 13 March. The event will then be open to all young people and parents in the afternoon (from 3:30pm until 6:30pm).

A total of 46 schools and colleges will be attending throughout the day to visit more than 100 businesses. The event will be divided into six key ‘zones’ which will group together like-minded businesses from different industry sectors including science, technology, engineering and maths, tourism & leisure, professional services and creative industries.

The Worcestershire Skills Show has developed a reputation for its engaging and exciting activity-based stands that help to bring the world of work to life for young people. Students will also have access to the very latest labour market information, to highlight the careers opportunities available.

The Skills Show is delivered by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council, through The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national initiative. The event is designed to highlight the many exciting careers opportunities that are available for younger generations, as well as support the Worcestershire LEP’s ‘Inspiring Worcestershire’ campaign to encourage more local employers to support the development of their future workforce.

Claudia Harris, CEO for the Careers and Enterprise Company, said: “This event is a fantastic example of how schools and employers are working together to support the development of the future workforce in the Midlands and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. The scale of the Skills Show this year demonstrates a real commitment to investing in young people in the area and we are delighted to be supporting Worcestershire LEP and Worcestershire County Council in making this a huge success.”

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, said: “This week in Parliament it is National Apprenticeships week. I have long been an advocate for increasing the quality as well as the quantity of apprenticeships, which the Government has made a cornerstone of the skills revolution. Providing our young people with the best start to get on in life and have a rewarding career is an area close to my heart.

“Apprenticeships can give young people this opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time, which is why I have consistently championed them. I am sorry that due to parliamentary commitments in London, I will not be able to attend the skills show but I will be meeting with the Careers and Enterprise Company, and the local LEP in due course.”

Judy Chadwick, Skills Lead for Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “To be able to hold the county’s largest ever skills event is testament to the fantastic relationship Worcestershire has between its schools, businesses and education providers. The Skills Show event is hugely significant for the learning of the county’s younger generations, as they will be able to benefit from guidance and advice from the largest number of businesses in one place. I am sure that this will have a massive impact in preparing young people for the world of work.”

 Carl Ward, Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust and Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Headteachers Advisory Group, said: “This event is an example of what can be achieved by committed businesses, schools and colleges who want to provide world class learning opportunities to enable students to make the intelligent and guided decisions on their future career paths. Congratulations should go to all those involved in its planning and delivery and particularly to Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, through The Careers & Enterprise Company for developing this initiative.”

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