PLENTY OF SKILLS ON SHOW
AN inaugural event that gave young people in Bucks advice and guidance on their career choices has been deemed a success.
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), through its Buckinghamshire Skills and Employability Programme, is delighted by the positive response from attendees to its first Bucks Skills Show, which took place at the University Campus Aylesbury Vale on Saturday, July 2.
The event attracted more than 400 people looking for inspiration, advice and guidance on their career choices.
Aimed at those aged 14 to 19 and their parents, the event had exhibitors from household names including Glaxo Smith Klein, GE Healthcare, The Royal Navy, Pinewood Studios, John Lewis, BBC Three Counties Radio and more, who were on hand with information and advice on a wide variety of careers and apprenticeships, covering key industry growth sectors like life sciences, cyber security, IT, creative industries, retail, engineering and the care sector.
While some young people circulated the show after being treated to fake life-threatening wounds from the theatrical make-up team at Amersham and Wycombe College of FE, others chatted with firefighters, coders, film-makers, lawyers, safari guides and members of the Royal Navy who were all there to open young minds to prospects they may not have considered.
Young people were further inspired by talks from a line-up of industry and education leaders who spoke insightfully about their careers throughout the day.
Skills development manager at BTVLEP Jackie Campbell said: “We were delighted with the positive response to our first Bucks Skills Show from young people and their parents, who took away with them a greater insight and understanding of the career options open to them while at the same time had a fun and entertaining time.
“It was wonderful to see businesses and educators getting interactive and engaging with the workforce of tomorrow. In view of the benefits to all we are now looking to repeat this event again in the future.”
Experience: Students got to try their hand at broadcasting with Three Counties Radio and filming with Raw Pictures