The event has been hailed as a resounding success by organisers E3 Bradford and has already received reams of positive feedback from individual attendees, schools and exhibitors alike. Funding providers Calderdale College were also delighted by the turnout and the content describing it as the best Skills Show local event they had been to yet.
David Ward MP was amongst the exhibitors who provided over 50 ‘have a go’ activities for the visiting students with a ‘ballot box’ that allowed attendees to give their views on lowering the voting age to 16, whilst also giving a taste of what a career in politics might be like. As well as manning his own stand, David ‘had a go’ at both plumbing and forensic science activities supplied by Incommunities and Think Forensic respectively.
Other popular hands-on experiences included boxing, bridge-building, tiling, bricklaying, bird-house building, childcare and hairdressing.
Aspire2Work – Aspire-i Ltd and BASF both featured as the event’s main sponsors.
The Skills Show Experience is designed especially for young people between 14 and 25 years old. The Bradford event is linked to the National Skills Show – the UK’s largest skills and careers event held annually at the NEC Birmingham, attracting over 70,000 visitors.
For more information, please contact Janette Gudgeon on 01274 230089
The Skills Show Experience forms part of the European Social Fund Technical Assistance project, awarded to the Skills Funding Agency to promote the European Social Fund. In addition, the programme is co-funded by Skills Funding Agency to deliver the National Careers Service at the events. Working in partnership with The Skills Show premier sponsors City & Guilds, the Edge Foundation and Premier Colleges, The Skills Show Experience provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through interactive activities and experiences helping shape their futures and transform their lives.
Picture: The David Ward MP with Emily Cook apprentice from Communities Building Services
View the BCB broadcast at this link from 25:50, it lasts approximately 5 minutes – http://podcasts.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?id=17877.