Have a Go at the Skills Show
National Skills Show encourages people to ‘Have a Go’ with hands on experiences to inspire the next generation
One of the Midlands’ key business leaders has been trying his hand at a new skill ahead of the UK’s largest skills and careers event. Alan Volkaerts, who is board director for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and also operations director for Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant visited Miss Macaroon in Hockley, Birmingham to try out some bakery skills.
The Skills Show, which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 13 – 15 November and free to attend, is open to teachers, parents, children and businesses and will showcase a wide range of vocations across the three days, including offering people the opportunity to try their hand at more than 45 skills with the ‘Have a Go’ experiences.
Mr Volkaerts said: “The whole idea of the Have a Go experiences is to try your hand at something new to see if it is something you like and whether or not you could consider it as a potential career choice. In taking part in Have a Go at Miss Macaroon, I’ve certainly experienced something very different to my normal day job and I’d encourage any young person to take advantage of the initiative to sample some new skills and investigate the career opportunities.”
Miss Macaroon supports young care leavers not in employment, education or training as well as helping offenders and ex-offenders in Birmingham and the surrounding areas back into work through voluntary work experience, industrial placements and paid employment.
Mr Volkaerts continued: “The long-term economic future of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull region is dependent on young people and adults being given the skills they need to succeed in employment. With youth unemployment levels remaining high this is a great opportunity to find out about potential careers and training.”
The Skills Show aims to offer young people an alternative to the traditional university degree route by promoting apprenticeships and other opportunities. Parents and families are also invited to support their children’s career choices where visitors can meet with experts and try things which will demonstrate what they have a natural aptitude for, enabling them to make educated decisions on their future careers paths as well as gain valuable advice on job opportunities, qualifications and training needed to pursue these professions.”
It is widely recognised that parents have the greatest influence over their children’s career choices. Saturday 15 November is Family Day at the Skills Show where parents and carers can get involved and visit the show with their families to find out more about the range of careers that exist.
In particular, apprenticeships are an alternative to the traditional university degree route, and the Skills Show offers young people and their parents the chance to learn more about other opportunities.
The show is an excellent opportunity for visitors to meet with experts and try things which will demonstrate what they have a natural aptitude for, enabling them to make educated decisions on their future careers paths as well as gain valuable advice on job opportunities, qualifications and training needed to pursue these professions.
The Have a Go experiences are focused on five skills areas; the built environment, cultural and creative arts, professional services, engineering and IT and business administration. These activities will offer young people the opportunity to find out what interests them and explore the job sector more closely.
The Skills Show 2013 attracted more than 100,000 visitors to the NEC. Over 21,600 learners attended the show from 218 schools, academies, colleges and special schools.
The skills show runs from 13-15 November 2014 for more information on the latest news and events visit the Skills Show website or follow the event @skillshow