On Tuesday 17th September a group of Year 11 students attended Skills North East, the North East’s largest skills, career and apprenticeship event for 14-24-year-olds, at Newcastle Arena.
The inspiring event included up to 60 exhibitors made up of employers, universities, colleges and training providers.
Before the event students were encouraged to reflect on their own personal future by thinking about what they enjoy, their strengths and how they could apply/improve their skills in a career. They also prepared by looking at which companies they wanted to approach and pre-planning their questions, maximising their chances to benefit.
During the visit, students took the opportunity to have one-to-one conversations with employers, enter competitions, and take part in inspiring and informative, interactive activities offered by a range of experienced opportunity providers.
The impartial information and advice given helped the students to get fresh ideas and make plans for their own future, and to examine/validate, or alter the decisions they have already made. The skills event also gave our young people access to a wide range of professionals from careers they may have never considered.
All of our students enjoyed the event and left feeling inspired about their future with the confidence to think positively about their own career and learning paths.