Skilling up at The Skills Show!

The Skills Show is the biggest skills, apprenticeship and careers event in the UK. It’s THE place to explore careers and start your skills adventure and a great place to show off your Young Professional skills.

If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, you really should do that, right now! We have some handy tips to get the most out of your day!

Where: NEC Birmingham
When: 16th – 18th November

1. Try out careers for size – Have a Go
When you get to the Skills Show you can Have a Go at a huge range of job-related skills, like web design, plumbing, TV production, forensic science and telecommunications, and much more.

Take a look at the plan for the day and make sure you don’t miss your chance to have a go!

Not sure what you want to try? Take a look at our careers hub and start to explore career sectors for some inspiration.

2. Speak to employers
Explore the employer stands, find out more about organisations, what they really do, what skills they are looking for and what opportunities they have available. The Skills Show is divided into 5 areas:

Health & Hospitality
• Beauty Therapy; fitness; cooking; floristry; hairdressing; public services; forensics.
Construction & Logistics
• Bricklaying; carpentry; plastering; landscape gardening; plumbing; roofing; environmental science; architecture.
Engineering & Technology
• Automotive; mechanics; robotics; metalwork; manufacturing; aeronautical; rail; inventing.
Digital & Business
• Enterprise; accounting; network security; software; web; IT; law; telecommunications.
Creative & Design
• Games design; music; jewellery making; journalism; graphic design; film & TV; radio; fashion.

You can explore the zones and the employers you might find at the show here.

3. Get careers advice
Get careers advice from the professionals, from CV and interview tips to how you can turn your interests into a career path. You can get information and guidance about all kinds of career routes, including apprenticeships and university.

4. Get informed!
The Skills Show has the largest selection of careers all under one roof, so you’ll be able to check out hundreds of different industries and skills, whatever your interests and abilities are. You’ll meet apprentices and graduates on the stands as well as employers, so now’s your chance to ask them what their role is really like and how they got the job they are in!

5. Plan your visit
Take a look at the planner and download the app here to plan your day and make the most of your time at the skills show. Find out more here.

6. Step in to the spotlight
Check out the spotlight stages at the skills show with a spotlight on….Live Performance, Spotlight on….Top Influencers and Spotlight on….Your Future there is bound to be something that is right up your street!

7. Volunteer for next year!
You could be the face of the Skills Show! When you volunteer you can gain new skills, build on existing ones and also use it as a great chance for networking

Next steps:

  • Make the most of the planning tools available online to get the most out of your day
  • Visit our careers hub to start exploring what you might find in the career zones
  • Sign up to be a Young Professional and start on your journey to building the employability skills employers want!

Further Information

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