Skills show aims to inspire young with expert advice

(l-r) Georgia Adams, Kieran Allan, Anmol Patel and Michael Haigh at  ''The Skills Show on the Road coach in Commercial Road''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143079-333)
(l-r) Georgia Adams, Kieran Allan, Anmol Patel and Michael Haigh at ''The Skills Show on the Road coach in Commercial Road''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143079-333)

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BISCUIT decorating, model styling and basic construction were among the activities aimed at inspiring young people to think about skills and their future careers.

Yesterday, youngsters aged between 14 and 18 were given the chance to find out about careers and skills ahead of The Skills Show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham.

A National Express coach was parked in Commercial Road in Portsmouth with careers advisors and employers there to give advice to young people starting to think about jobs.

Georgia Adams, 18, who lives in Fratton, was one of the young people who visited the bus with a friend.

The first-year horse management student at Sparsholt College near Winchester, said: ‘I’m not sure what I want to do when I finish my studies. I just came across the bus while I was in town and thought I would go and have a look.’

Employers at the event included Portsmouth City Council.

Jill Goddard, head of programmes and funding for Find a Future, a national charity that aims to get young people excited about careers, said: ‘We have been going around the country to a number of places.

‘It’s about promoting skills to young people and helping them find out what they can do to help inspire them.

‘This show in Portsmouth is helping us to get the message out there.’

Alan Jenkinson, of the National Apprenticeship Service, who lives in Paulsgrove and speaks to businesses in the Solent region about setting up apprentice schemes, was out talking to young people yesterday.

‘I’m here to raise awareness of apprentices and skills in general,’ he said.

‘People need to have skills to be employed and to earn money and have a better life.

‘I have been talking to young people about the kinds of jobs they can get if they look at apprenticeships.’

Asked about some of the placements available, Mr Jenkinson said opportunities range from jet engine engineering to gardeners .

Find out about attending the free National Skills Show, which runs from November 13 to 15, at visittheskillsshow.com.