Skills Show News

73,858 attend the 2014 The Skills Show

13130610935_130417b830_bThe Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, provided inspiration and advice about future careers to almost 74,000 people at the NEC, Birmingham last week (13 to 15 November).

The show, now in its third year, welcomed 73,858 visitors during its three day run and featured a wide range of hands-on experiences and skills competitions designed to help shape the futures and transform the lives of those who attended.

Deputy Prime Minister visits Skills Show

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended the 2014 Show. During his visit, the Deputy PM  met young  people and businesses at the Skills Show to
promote the growing range of vocational opportunities available to young people when they leave education and are trying to get their foot on the career ladder.

Official statistics show that in the 4 years to 2009 to 2010, 928,800 people began an apprenticeship compared to 1,984,900, over the past 4 years.
72% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the productivity
of their business or the quality of their product or service.

2015 and 2016 Skills Show Announced 

The Skills Show returns to the NEC from 19 to 21 November 2015: to find out more about visiting, or exhibiting at the event, please visit

City & Guilds is lead premier sponsor of The Skills Show, with the Edge Foundation and Premier Colleges as premier sponsors. The Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund are funding partners.

The dates for The Skills Show 2015 have been announced  (19 to 21 November 2015 ) and 2016 (17 to 19 November 2016) at the NEC Birmingham will continue to host The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, until 2016.

Ross Maloney, Chief Executive, Find a Future said:  “We are delighted to announce that following a competitive tender process, the NEC has been appointed to host The Skills Show for a further two years.“Many young people are uncertain about how to take the next step into the world of work, and the excellent facilities and superb transport links at the NEC enable us to a host a show that offers visitors experiential careers advice and the opportunity to watch the UK’s most talented learners and apprentices take part in the finals of the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions.  It is these experiences that inspire and help people from all over the UK progress in their chosen career.”

10858585745_56d0eeeb6d_b“The skills agenda – in particular vocational skills and apprenticeship learning – is hugely important to us, and since its inauguration at the NEC in 2012, The Skills Show has established itself as the nation’s largest skills and careers show, engaging over 80,000 young people annually.

“With such a fantastic team and supporting structure, the NEC – the nation’s exhibition centre – is the perfect fit for a high profile show of this scale, which, through its combination of inspirational hands-on experiences, guidance and advice, inspires young people to explore further education, skills and apprenticeships.


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