This week North East Skills took place in Newcastle. The event has become an annual fixture in school calendars across the region since launching in 2007. It forms part of the Regional Skills Events series, run by Prospects Events across England, which welcomes more than 25,000 young people, their teachers, parents and families each year.
The Newcastle event is always a favourite with visitors, exhibitors and the Prospects Events team. It is packed full of interesting work-related activities that stimulate visitors, and exhibitors are kept on their toes as they develop eye-catching and innovative ways to attract visitors to their stands and out-do the competition. This year space was at a premium as many of the North East’s most prestigious companies got involved in attracting the next generation of workers.
Sixty organisations attended the 2015 event and employers exhibiting included Accenture, ALDI, Arnold Clark / GTG Training, British Army, EE, EGGER (UK) Limited, Marriott International, McDonalds Restaurants UK, NAC Group plc, NHS Health Education North East, North East Ambulance Service NHS, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, SMD and Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd.
The event was open for two days and one evening; more than 400 young people and families attended the evening opening on Wednesday and a further 4,500 young people attended with their schools and colleges.
All careers and skills events organised by Prospects Events give visitors the opportunity to take part in interactive, hands-on activities. Visitors at North East Skills could try everything from handling reptiles to getting a hair-cut at the event, which aims to bring careers to life in a memorable and inspirational way. Alongside the individual exhibitor stands, large specialist Get Skilled stands offered interactive insights into careers, Northumberland College offered a jungle-themed stand, NAC Group plc tested reaction times and encouraged visitors to use 3D printers to design and create car models, Newcastle College offered plastering, bricklaying and roofing tasters alongside a potter’s wheel and patisserie skills, Gateshead College took careers to a virtual level with Oculus Rift computer games.
Regional skills events help local employers attract local talent, and make students and their families aware of careers and jobs available in the area and across the region. Providing live labour market information helps close skills gaps and open a world of opportunities for students making the transition into work and college. Prospects Events skills events are recognised as providing a valuable work-related learning opportunity and helping schools to achieve their statutory requirements.