Unique careers event for the Liverpool City Region

Published on: Tuesday, 17-June-2014

As day one of The Skills Show Experience draws to a close, more than 2,500 young people have already taken part in this unique careers event.

Throughout the day, young people had the opportunity to take part in a range of career activities including diagnosing and treating a patient, bricklaying, heritage skills, arboriculture and tree care, lorry driving simulations, catering, hairdressing, beauty, DJ’ing, plus many more!

Representatives from major employers in the City Region, including Jaguar Landrover, Abbey Logistics and Peel Ports were also on-hand to advise young people on the skills they were looking for.

One Year 10 pupil stated he wanted to be a youth worker and today’s event had confirmed that this was the career route he wanted to pursue.  Another Year 10 pupil stated that she wanted to be a Doctor and she really enjoyed the life-like dummy at the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC stand which displayed a range of symptoms for her to diagnose.

This two day event, which will attract over 5,000 young people from across the Liverpool City Region, aims to raise young people’s career aspirations which will ultimately impact on issues around youth unemployment across the Liverpool City Region. 

Young people attending schools in the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral have been invited to attend The Skills Show.

Richard Else, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover Halewood and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board, said “The response to attend The Skills Show has been overwhelming.  It provides a fantastic opportunity for our young people who are looking to make decisions about their future education, training or employment aspirations.  This is just one of a range of initiatives in the City Region to help support young people maximise training and job opportunities available to them.”

Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, opened the event and added “This event is part of the Skills for Growth approach within the City Region where we are capturing the current and future skills needs of businesses to communicate them to schools, colleges and providers; these are then complemented by the Jobs for Tomorrow videos and materials which give more details on specific jobs.  Over the two days, young people will be inspired into a range of opportunities that they might never have dreamt of.”

Photographs of the first day can be found on at www.flickr.com/knowsleycouncil