Young People in Worcestershire inspired about their futures at Worcestershire Skills Show

3,000 young people attended the 2024 Worcestershire Skills Show to learn more about the careers and training available in the county.

The county’s largest careers event, which is delivered by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council, via the Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub, took place for the first time over two days on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March and saw 3,000 young people from over 30 Worcestershire schools attend, alongside over 70 employers and education providers.

The decision to extend the show across two days allowed more young people, from years 7-10, to attend and for them to attend in groups, easing the total volume of people at the event at any one time and ensured that young people could have proper conversations about their futures.

The 2024 Worcestershire Skills Show also brought back the drop-in evening session for parents and carers to attend with their families. This element of the event proved to be popular with 500 young people attending during this section alone.

Throughout the two days, young people were able to engage with a range of exciting local employers from industries including science, technology, engineering, IT, hospitality, healthcare, business professional services, public services, as well as local colleges and education providers. Each stand was given the challenge of bringing along a ‘have-a-go’ activity to help spark curiosity and make every careers conversation interesting and engaging for the young people attending.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I was delighted to be able to witness the 2024 Worcestershire Skills Show. To see the passion and energy in the room was brilliant and hopefully the event helped to inspire Worcestershire’s next generation about the careers available on their doorstep.

“I’d also like to thank all of the exhibitors who kindly gave up their time across two days, without your support and involvement we cannot make a difference and help to create the county’s future workforce.”

Councillor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, said: “It was fantastic to deliver another Worcestershire Skills Show event for the county and I was thrilled to see such a vast amount of young people engaging about their future. The Skills Show serves as an excellent platform to showcase the diverse opportunities available within our county, while also offering crucial support and inspiration to individuals about their career paths in an exciting and engaging manner.”

The Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub team behind the event are looking for more organisations across the county to get involved with events and activities like the Worcestershire Skills Show to help showcase the industries and employers in the county. If you are a Worcestershire business looking to support young people on their career path, or to be involved in future events, please email cec@worcestershire.gov.uk or call 01905 677 888.

For anyone aged 15 to 24 needing careers advice, please contact the Careers Worcestershire team by calling 0300 666 3666, or by visiting the dedicated Careers Worcs Hub in The Hive, Worcester or visit the Careers Worcestershire website. – https://www.careersworcs.co.uk/