On Thursday 17th November 2016, a group of thirteen Year 11 students from Huxlow Science College were selected to visit the UK’s largest skills and careers event, The Skills Show 2016, at the NEC in Birmingham. Students were able to roam the vast exhibition space in small groups, focusing on the industry zones that most interest them:
- Hospitality and lifestyle
- Construction and infrastructure
- Engineering and technology
- IT and enterprise
- Media and creative
There were plenty of opportunities for students to try their hand at job-related skills such as demolition simulation, virtual welding, plastering and animation. “We had a go at making a TV news programme on the BBC stand which was really good fun” said Jack, Year 11.
Many of the industries represented at the Skills Show had a “Showcase” area, where the finest students from Higher Education, Further Education and Apprenticeships across the UK were able to display their best work in fields as diverse as mobile robotics, floristry and cabinet making.
The unique skills competitions were a real inspiration to Huxlow students, who were able to watch students just a few years older than themselves representing their regions in the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions. A huge range of industries were on display in the Competitions from media make-up to landscape gardening.
In addition, there were opportunities for students to get expert one-to-one careers advice, browse real opportunities that they could apply for and speak to employers and educators about their next steps. There were also a huge range of talks and interactive workshops taking place throughout the day.
“Of all the careers shows I’ve taken students to, this one is the biggest, and it’s great for our Huxlow students as there’s something to inspire each and every one of them” said Mr S Letts.
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