The Skills Show Experience: career opportunities for young people
The Skills Show Experience events help young people try out skills used in the workplace and find out about career options.
|Location||Liverpool City Region|
|ESF funding||Skills Funding Agency|
|ESF target group||Young People|
The Skills Show Experience provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through interactive activities and experiences. It aims to help shape their futures and transform their lives by showing them the skills they will need for work. The event at the International Festival for Business 2014 at Aintree, Liverpool on 17 and 18 June 2014 was attended by 5,000 local young people. It is one of many events during 2014.
The Skills Show Experience is part funded through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Major employers across the Liverpool City Region attended the event and advised young people on the skills and qualities they are looking for in their future workforce. These employers included:
- Land Rover
- Getrag Ford
- Abbey Logistics
- United Utilities
- Peel Ports
- training and education providers
Year 9, 10, 11 and sixth form pupils from 58 schools in the Liverpool City Region attended the event, with the bulk of those attending from Year 9.
It was a fantastic opportunity and experience for our staff and students and we thoroughly enjoyed the event and would most definitely like to attend with a bigger cohort next year.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Halton
The event gave young people an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a range of workplace skills with the aim of helping them to think positively about their future career choices. A wide range of over 120 ‘have a go’ activities were on offer, including:
- lorry driving simulations
- tree cutting
Some exhibitors brought their own apprentices or recent graduates to give young people ‘over the shoulder’ careers advice while they were undertaking an activity.
Our students and tutor who attended the event yesterday loved it! They were so impressed with the day and felt it was really well put together.
Halewood Academy, Knowsley
ESF provider involvement
The following ESF-funded organisations provided young people with ‘have a go’ activities across a range of sectors and told them about ESF funded training opportunities:
- St Helens College
- Hugh Baird College
- Knowsley Community College
- Maritime & Engineering College North West
- Rocket Training
- The City of Liverpool College
- Wirral Metropolitan College
- Damar Training
- Jarvis Training
- Liverpool Chamber Training Ltd
- Training Plus
- Herbert of Liverpool Training Centre
- Michael John Academy
- Mode Training Ltd
- The Training Station
- Training Plus Merseyside
- Mersey Youth Association – Talent match
- Riverside College
- Riverside Learning & Education Centre
- Southport College
- Express Direct Training Ltd
- Greenbank Project
- Myerscough College
- British Horseracing Authority / British Racing School
I thought it was a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the world of work and I firmly believe that the Skills Show has helped me understand what I now need to do to achieve my ideal career.
Year 10 Pupil, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC
More about the Skills Show Experience
The Skills Show Experience is part funded through the European Social Fund. It is co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency through Find a Future to provide advice from the National Careers Service at the events. It works in partnership with main sponsors of the Skills Show:
- City & Guilds
- the Edge Foundation
- Premier Colleges
The event was part of the wider International Festival for Business 2014 – a series of events in Liverpool City Region for international businesses.
Find out more about ‘have a go’ events from the Skills Show Experience.
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The Skills Show Experience provided a fantastic opportunity for young people across the City Region to see the range of job opportunities available to them, particularly around our growth sectors of visitor economy, low carbon economy, advanced manufacturing, logistics and super port and the knowledge economy. I know from speaking to young people that they really benefitted from the event, many feeling enthused and inspired to pursue their chosen career path.
Councillor Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority