Hundreds of opportunities up for grabs at Skills Festival

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Young people looking to enhance their prospects are being invited to attend the South Derbyshire Skills Festival and take advantage of hundreds of career opportunities.

A wide variety of businesses and organisations are taking part in the extravaganza at Swadlincote’s Green Bank Leisure Centre on Wednesday, November 28.

The free event, being held between 4pm and 7pm, will allow 11 to 24 year olds to learn more about industries such as construction, engineering, health, hospitability, lifestyle, digital, and technology.

Attendees can turn their hands to ‘have a go’ activities including virtual welding, flight simulation, beauty and construction to help choose a future career path. Expert careers advice and work experience opportunities will also be on offer.

Cllr Martyn Ford, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said:

“The Skills Festival offers the perfect opportunity for 11 to 24-year-olds to connect with businesses and learn more about future careers in South Derbyshire and beyond.

“As well as enabling attendees to try something they have never done before, there will be a range of workshops for young people and their parents to find out more about apprenticeships, T-Levels, employer expectations and much more besides.

“Information and guidance for all circumstances, from those who have left school/college to those looking for a job with training, will be catered for under one roof.”

Those attending will also be entered into a free prize draw for an iPad Mini. To be in with a chance of winning, attendees should bring their invitation or a flyer to deposit in the prize draw.

The event, sponsored by IG Masonry Support, is organised by South Derbyshire District Council, Burton and South Derbyshire College, William Allitt School, the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership, Jurys Inn, Department for Work and Pensions and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme.

Other exhibitors include Chameleon School of Construction, Keystone Group, East Midlands Airport, Marks & Spencer Distribution, Hoar Cross Hall, St Modwen Homes, The Army, Derby County Community Trust, Burton & South Derbyshire College, Derbyshire County Council and the Active Sports Partnership.

Advanced bookings can be made for workshops by visiting and searching for South Derbyshire Skills Festival.

To book a stand or for further information on the event telephone 01283 595791.

7 November 2018