Leader welcomes Skills Show to Birmingham

By on 15/11/2012 in Leader, News

The leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore has today hailed the arrival of the UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show Birmingham, to the NEC.

He said: “The Skills Show is a unique opportunity for youngsters to find out much more about the opportunities open to them, and continues our ongoing work to improve access to skills and jobs. I am personally committed to ensuring that our young people are given as much support as possible to achieve their ambitions and help make Birmingham a powerful centre of employment and entrepreneurism.”

An inspiring range of opportunities in skills, further education and apprenticeships will be on offer at the Show. With free entry to all, for three days from Thursday 15th through to Saturday 17th November over 100,000 visitors are expected.

The leader will be hosting a Birmingham Skills Summit at the Show today (Thursday 15th November) to launch consultation on Birmingham's proposals to raise the standards of learning and education in the city, including the Birmingham Baccalaureate, Enterprise Award and Apprenticeship Strategy.

Representatives from over 70 key businesses and organisations, as well as young people from local schools and colleges, will discuss the proposals and the skills needed for the workplace. The Summit will also look at examples of business and education working together successfully.

With a skilled workforce vital to the city's future prosperity, Birmingham City Council has strongly supported the event, providing funding, coordination and extensive opportunities for job experience. The council and its partners have worked with schools and colleges to allow as many young people as possible to experience the Show, and benefit from advice and information on a tremendous variety of vocational skills and careers.

As part of the Skills Show, local businesses and organisations are backing two events designed to involve and encourage young people in making their skills and career decisions:

• Part of a three year Skills Show programme, the Have A Go campaign will see young people from local schools and colleges sign up for real, hands-on experience in businesses and organisations, including the city council.
• A Junior Skills Show for primary schools years 4 - 6 on Thursday 15th will be a fun, interactive way for youngsters to engage with opportunities.

A Greater Birmingham partnership, consisting of the Chamber of Commerce, local authorities, local training providers, colleges and local Employment and Skills Boards, has been established to ensure that partners work together to encourage skills growth in the region.

For more information on the Skills Show go to: worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/the-skills-show

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