Thousands 'have a go' at The Skills Show

Almost 74,000 people attended this year’s Skills Show to explore future careers

19 November 2014 / Be the first to comment

Almost 74,000 people filled the NEC in Birmingham for this year’s Skills Show, held from 14-16 November. As the UK’s largest skills and careers event, it allows participants to try out a range of skills and discover what their futures could hold.

Attendees were also able to watch nearly 600 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners competed for the title of ‘UK Champion’ in 64 areas, ranging from forensic science to floristry.

The competition was fierce, and in the end, nearly 240 medals were handed out to young tradesmen and women. There were also a further 77 competitors who received highly-commended awards.

They were all awarded at a glittering ceremony on Saturday, hosted by TV presenter Will Best. The winners will now begin training to compete for a place in Team UK, which could take them to World Skills 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about the event, Michael Osbaldeston, Skills Advisor for City & Guilds, said:

‘Events like The Skills Show provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase just how far you can go with vocational education.

‘By bringing together young people, careers advice, ‘have a go’ opportunities and the chance to speak to businesses of all sizes, it truly helps to connect education and employment.

‘I offer my congratulations to all those who competed and who will go on to represent the UK on an international stage.’

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