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3,000 attend Skills East of England

17 March 2015

More than 3,000 young people and their families attended Skills East of England, a free, informative and interactive jobs and careers event, run by Prospects Events at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey.

Young people could try different work related activities, receive impartial careers advice and information, and talk to employers, recruiters and education and training providers. The event also showed young people the wide range of post-school and college opportunities on offer in the region.

Activities included building a wall; chocolate welding; handling animals from Great Yarmouth College’s zoo; learning the latest hair styling and theatrical make-up techniques; operating and dismantling a robot and taking a fitness test. A range of training providers, employers, colleges and universities were present , including Center Parcs, CITB (construction careers and apprenticeships), Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, Great Yarmouth College, the armed forces, University of Hertfordshire, University of East Anglia and West Suffolk College.

Unlike many career events for young people, parents and guardians could also attend and learn about post-school options for their children. Rachael Dale, from Prospects Events, said: “Having parents on board is a really big thing. Often they can feel isolated from the careers process. We want families to know about all the options.”

Skills East of England is one in a series of events organised by Prospects Events. The next is Skills South West on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March at Plymouth Pavilions.

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