We welcomed double the number of visitors this year to the Bucks Skills Show, sponsored by technology giant Bosch, over two days in October.
3,000 people were inspired by a range of interactive experiences, from sweetie selfies created with cutting edge 3D printing technology to immersive virtual reality demonstrations.
One parent told Bucks Skills Hub afterwards: “My son came away full of ideas about his future! He has been struggling at school and now sees a reason to try harder for his exams so that he gets on the apprenticeship placement he really wants and gets the edge with the better grades!”
Students, teachers and parents headed to The Gateway in Aylesbury on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October to take part in the county’s largest careers fair. Attendance at the event was up 100% on last year, and attracted over 100 high profile exhibitors including Jaguar Land Rover, the NHS, Pinewood Studios, HS2 and Danesfield House Hotel.
The Saturday also drew in speakers from Google, the Ministry of Sound, and ITV News, as well as Minister for the Cabinet the Rt Hon David Lidington MP. This year also featured a new space industries area and a strong showing from the music trade.
Marina Jackson, Under 19 Skills Manager at Bucks Skills Hub, enthused: “We couldn’t have done it without the support of Bosch and all our other exhibitors. It was wonderful to see students asking questions of employers and speakers and in the jobs and apprenticeship workshops – and gaining real insight through the interactive exhibits such as Bosch’s immersive virtual reality headsets and power tools workshop, which really brought careers to life.”
Mark Warrilow, Skills Manager at HS2, said: “The Bucks Skills Show is a best-in-class example of what can happen when local schools, colleges and employers come together to showcase the opportunities in skills, employment and education. Alongside our supply chain partners Eiffage-Kier, Align, and Fusion, we were very proud to come away with the Best Stand Award, and were inspired by the quality of conversations we had over the weekend talking to the next generation of HS2 engineers.”
Stephanie Alexander, Application Engineer at Bosch, who shared her career journey with students on the day and gave them tips on achieving their own success, said: “Bosch is proud to sponsor such an enlightening event for young people in the local area and delighted to headline the Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing zone.”
Jackie Campbell, Skills Development Lead for the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “There is a world of opportunity in sectors of local and national significance in Bucks, including creative industries, high performance engineering, space industries and construction, and our support to build the skilled workforce that business needs starts here at the Bucks Skills Show and continues in schools and colleges across the county.”
To see more of the action from the Bucks Skills Show – and to be first to know the date for 2019 – follow @BucksSkillsShow on Twitter.