Skills North West
Youth unemployment is a particular concern in the north-west of England, having increased by 2,000 in the last three months of 2012. For more than ten years, Skills North West has helped young jobseekers and instilled in them a more positive outlook on their future careers.
The free event supported those aged 15–24 by inspiring, motivating and helping to equip them with the skills to pursue their chosen careers, whatever their dreams or ambitions. More than 60 organisations exhibited, giving attendees a chance to get a feel for different courses and careers by trying out new skills and to receive quality careers advice from industry experts in the region.
High numbers of school and college students attended. One was Kyle Paley, who said: “I really enjoyed myself at this event and it was by far the best thing I have done this year…The day helped me with deciding what I would like to do when I leave school which was such a hard decision to start with."
Lee Broddle also attended and shared his experience. "There was an emphasis on interactive stalls which had games and tasks for the visitors to try, which I think is genius as it made people who had no previous interest in a subject have a go and encouraged them to learn.”
Teachers found that Skills North West fitted particularly well with the latest IAG strategy: not only did it give them the opportunity to network with regional businesses, it also allowed them to get ahead with IAG through the additional resources and free local labour information.