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Skills London 2014

28 November 2014


Skills London 2014, the biggest jobs and careers event for 15–24 year olds and their families in the capital, took place last week (21 and 22 November) at ExCeL.

Organised by Prospects Events and London First, and supported by the Mayor of London, National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service, the event featured more than 45,000 job opportunities, including Apprenticeships, and 196 exhibitors from top employers, colleges and training providers. The 32,490 visitors learned about potential careers and training opportunities by speaking with exhibitors and participating in work-related activities, including motor vehicle maintenance, DJing, 3D printing, cake decorating, bricklaying, movie making and code breaking.

On the Friday morning, Prospects held a panel discussion about whether local young people’s career goals are compatible with the needs and expectations of employers. The discussion was chaired by Dr Deidre Hughes OBE and the panel comprised young people, employers and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The discussion drew on research, undertaken by Prospects and London First, which asked more than 500 young people about their career expectations. Findings from the research include 10% being very confident they will get their ideal career after they finish education, and 30% would like to earn between £20,000 – £29,999 in their first year at work.

Mr Johnson then visited Skills London, trying some of the activities on offer. Mr Johnson said: “I love coming to Skills London because you see not only all the jobs that are going and the incredible diversity of the London economy, but the enthusiasm of the young people and their willingness to try virtually everything. It’s very inspiring.”

Prospects colleagues working on the National Careers Service in London were situated at various Careers Hubs. The advisers promoted the service to 2,500 visitors, giving advice and guidance about learning and employment opportunities, writing CVs, rehearsing interview skills and finding work experience. They also encouraged teachers to join the government’s new Inspiration Agenda, in which the National Careers Service links employers with education providers.


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