PLENTY OF SKILLS ON SHOW

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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