Skills Show 2015

Skills Show

On Friday 20th November, 230 eager year 10 students left Icknield at 8.30 am to be part of the nation’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC in Birmingham, a show which aims to help shape the future of a new generation.

Skills Show 1The skills show attracted over 75,000 keen visitors who were looking to seek professional advice on further education, training experiences and careers under one roof. The show which featured hundreds of different industries covered 68,000 meters squared, an area equal to 12 football pitches. There were many practical, hands on experiences on offer to inspire the students to explore the skills needed for many careers. These included hospitality, plumbing and web design. The students had an opportunity to meet top employers such as Jaguar Landrover and the BBC, listen to motivational speakers and receive up to date information on routes into vocational careers.

Some of the Green Tie students shared their experience;

“At the Skills show I learnt about engineering and the type of engineer I want to be. It was also fun and useful.” – Sam Campbell

“In my personal opinion the trip was very useful I found lots of good jobs such as welding. When we reached the destination we found a lot of useful jobs that interested us a lot and so this has helped us have an understanding of jobs in the world and we can take a lot from this and so this trip was very useful.” –  Oliver Hogan

“At the Skills Show I learnt about what an apprenticeship is.” – Ridwan Ali

Skills Show 3“The skills show was amazing. There were lots of things to experience and plenty of things for us students to take part in, which gave us a real insight in the jobs and careers available for us. There was a huge variety of activities to take part in all around the venue. The skills show has definitely helped to make a decision with what career I want to persue when I am older. Overall, I believe that it was a really good and fun opportunity and would highly recommend it to other years.” – Mira Gandhi  


“The exhibition had been split into sections, so that we could easily find what sort of profession we wanted to find more about. In addition to being able to explore, large competitions were taking place as we walked around, giving us an idea of what working conditions, job roles and time pressures we could be faced with.  I enjoyed looking around the skills show because it was definitely an eye opener as to what sort of profession I wanted, where I needed to go to university to ensure that I got there and even what sorts of jobs I could be faced with. On behalf of the Green Ties, I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who came with us on the day and also to our year room staff Mrs Akhtar and Mrs McCabe for organising the trip to the skills show.” –
Parisha Mistry

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The trip was a worthwhile and valuable experience for everyone, including the teachers as the information available was current and delivered by professionals.