Last Friday, all of the staff from CASCAiD went on a journey to visit The Skills Show 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham. We wanted to see first-hand how young people were finding out about skills, training and careers. It was a very good show for interacting with young people and demonstrating the range of routes and careers they could follow. It was clear that strengthening the link between employment and education is very important for both employers and young people. An emphasis on vocational education allowed young people to view and take part in all kinds of interactive demonstrations from bricklaying to glassmaking. There were also opportunities to try many other skills areas including graphic design, floristry, mobile programming, butchery and many more. The show was visited by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and HRH Princess Anne, patron of Premier Sponsor City & Guilds and Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock who also delivered a key note speech on the show, ‘Strengthening vocational education: Skills Show 2013’,
“It’s about aspiration. It’s about making sure qualifications are responsive and rigorous. And I want all qualifications not just to pass muster of competence, but to be aspirational and recognise merits and distinctions through grading. We’re doing that for apprenticeships, but in recognising merit that’s just the start.
So, as the economy improves, as you strain every sinew in training, as we make big changes in government, there’s a real opportunity to give employers and future employees what they want and need.
That takes commitment. A drive in government to get on with reform, energy and enthusiasm from training providers, and a willingness from business to take on young people and train them up.
That’s what we want: a culture of training and employing young people, of life-long learning, of education and employment being inextricably linked.
Today’s show is a great example of just that.”
It was a great event for creating awareness of the vast range of skilled careers that are available to young people with the opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ and get inspiration and advice from industry experts. For more information on The Skills Show visit www.theskillsshow.com or join our discussion on LinkedIn.