Opinion: Inspiring a Generation

Opinion: Chris Jones discusses the importance of inspiring a generation about their different career options.

26 November 2012 / Be the first to comment

Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, discusses the importance of inspiring a generation about their different career options: 

A few weeks ago, the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show, took place at Birmingham’s NEC and I am proud that City & Guilds is Premier Sponsor both this year and for the following two. The event gives young people the opportunity to experience different skills-based careers alongside high quality careers advice, access apprenticeships and find out about job opportunities from well-known employers.

Being at the event, I experienced first-hand the many fantastic things going on, which I hope will inspire a generation about a variety of different career paths available to them. In the “Have a Go” sections, visitors were getting stuck in and trying out different skills in careers as wide ranging as Animal Care and Autobody Repair, to Stonemasonry and TV presenting! One of the most impressive things about the Show has been the amount of real careers information advice and guidance available to visitors. They were able to chat to people from different walks of life and try a variety of different skills to help them choose the most satisfying career path for them.

The importance of skills and the vital role they play in getting people into work have never been higher on the national agenda. However, despite all the evidence and public debate, young people are still suffering from a lack of knowledge about what different jobs require, and how to go about accessing the right training to build a sustained and satisfying career. Events like The Skills Show are therefore crucial to raising awareness and knowledge around skills and work, but this must also be supported by the provision of sound careers advice in schools.

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