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#lookback2015 - Skills London 2015

18 January 2016

As 2016 begins, Prospects is looking back over 2015 and sharing some key successes. Each day, over the next week or so, as part of #lookback2015 you can read about Prospects achievements last year and gain insight into plans for 2016.

Prospects’ largest skills event, Skills London 2015, took place in November. The annual event gives young Londoners direct access companies, colleges and training providers looking to recruit the next generation of workers and leaders. The event, regarded by many as the best event of the year in the jobs and careers field, buzzed with excitement as more than 33,000 people, including Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, came through the doors and met representatives from over 200 exhibiting organisations.

Every year Prospects rises to the challenge of providing a varied and diverse selection of exhibitors who engage and inspire young people. In 2015 the quality and range of exhibitors was outstanding with Skills London’s reputation as London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people was unquestionable.

Holly Bleach from Thales, winners of Best Employer Award at Skills London commented it was: “an amazing event to not only promote your company and apprenticeship schemes, but also to meet all the fantastic future talent London has to offer!”

Visitors were equally enthusiastic about Skills London. Michelle Gibbins, the Director of Work Related Learning and Careers Adviser at Oasis Shirley Park praised the 2015 event: “This event goes from strength to strength each year and is a vital part of the careers service for schools in and around London.”

A sentiment echoed by Sue Gooch, Head of Vocational Faculty at Langley Park School for Girls: “My students gained so much information, made contact with employers and also built up their confidence as they approached people and employers on their own; a valuable day out.”

Skills London 2015 was open for two days. Friday focussed on school and colleges groups whereas parents and families were in the majority on Saturday. One parent who visited on Saturday tweeted: ‘Thank you @skillslondon for an informative afternoon, my son is now enthused with ideas for an apprenticeship, he is at present in a dead end job.”

Skills London is organised by Prospects in partnership with London First working with the Mayor of London, National Apprenticeship Services, National Careers Service and partners: Tottenham Hotspure Football Club, Lambeth College, Tideway, Property Needs You, London Councils, Association of Colleges and Barclays Lifeskills.

Follow #lookback2015 on twitter and here on the Prospects website.

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