The South West Skills Show

On 3 November, at the UWE Conference and Exhibition Centre, The South West Skills Show hosted the largest employer-led skills and careers event in the South West.

The show, free to attend, aimed to provide a stage for young people, and those within their sphere of influence, the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a range of work related skills and speak to employers from all over the South West, many with global operations. It offered visitors the chance to look at specific careers, talk to people already doing the jobs, and gain a complete understanding of the routes into employment or further education.

For employers and sponsors, the show provided an opportunity to showcase their businesses and industry to local young people, meeting and shaping the employees of the future.

Bristol WORKS attended the event, along with Bristol 24/7, one of our pledge employers, to talk to young people about their experiences of work. It was a great way to gain insight into young people’s opinions of experiences of work whilst at school. One student, 16 year-old Mohamed, said

“ Before my work experience, I thought there was only one way - three A Levels I might not enjoy and then Uni. Now, after work experience, I have an awareness of how to have a career out of something I enjoy!”

Find out more news and case studies from The South West Skills Show on their website.