The Big Bang UK: Young Scientists and Engineers Fair
The Big Bang Fair took place from 11 to 14 March at The NEC in Birmingham. It is the largest celebration of science, technology and engineering and maths for young people (7-19) in the UK. The show was opened by Nick Gibb MP and attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, who was pleased by everyone’s enthusiasm.
National Careers Service Advisers from the West Midlands team also attended the event to engage and interest young people in work and career opportunities, signposting them to the National Careers Service website for more information. Prospects is the prime contractor for the National Careers Service in the region.
David Cameron met colleagues from the National Careers Service to enquire about young people and the appropriate age for them to receive careers advice and guidance. Simon Dean, Director of Specialist Recruitment Services, which delivers a subcontract to Prospects for the National Careers Service in the West Midlands, answered his questions. The Prime Minister was particularly interested in the challenges young people face in choosing careers and how easy it is for them to access careers and skills information and advice.
Showcasing the many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are for young people with the right experience and qualifications, The Big Bang Fair aims to give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK to young people.
The Big Bang Fair hosts an array of activities and live performances, with the first three days open to school groups and Saturday open to families. Last year more than 75,000 people attended the event, which focuses on highlighting the exciting careers that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds.
Watch this video to see highlights from the show.