Skills Show targets ‘hard to reach’ workers
The Hub News Team | 29.5.19
A major skills event in Hereford is aiming to support people of all ages with their future career goals and ambitions.
The first ever Herefordshire Skills Show is set to take place on July 3 and advisors from the Marches Growth Hub – the city's one-stop-shop for business support – are urging everyone from students to entrepreneurs, ex-forces personnel and retired workers to attend.
Lyndsay Francis, Economic Development Officer for the Marches Growth Hub, Herefordshire said the event was about showcasing people's skills to potential employers.
She said: "Whilst it will be a great opportunity for school and college leavers to talk to businesses and seek advice on jobs and training, organisers are aiming for the event to be much more than just a careers fair.
"There is a real emphasis on skills and how we can best match the experience, knowledge and creativity of the local workforce to the needs of businesses.
"There is a huge pool of expertise out there among people who can sometimes be hard to reach by employers – parents returning to work, ex-forces, entrepreneurs and even those who have retired but still want to work and utilise their skills.
"The Skills Show is an opportunity for all of these people to come along and meet local businesses, seek advice, explore training options and job vacancies.
"It's also a great chance for business owners who are looking to recruit staff to make sure they are marketing jobs in a way that reaches these people and matches their skills."
The event, to be held at Hereford Racecourse, is being organised by Marches Skills Provider Network (MSPN), Herefordshire Council, University of Wolverhampton, Herefordshire Training Providers and the DWP.
It is being supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, as well as organisations such as the Marches Growth Hub.
Paul O'Neill, Executive Officer for MSPN, added: "We are looking forward to welcoming schools, colleges and individuals to this major skills event.
"A range of employers including those in the gaming, cyber, engineering and creative industries will be available to talk about the skills required for current jobs as well as those employed in the armed forces, emergency services, medical sector and from the hair and beauty industry. It really is a go-to event for anyone looking to explore their future career opportunities."
Angela Tellyn, CEC Regional Lead, West Midlands, added: "Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships and other key partners our national network connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers and supports them to work together to provide young people with effective and high-quality encounters with the world of work.
"The skills show will be a great opportunity to find out what opportunities exist within the Herefordshire area."
The show will run from 12noon to 7.30pm and those attending will be able to access advice and guidance on preparing for jobs, including CV writing, training and career development.
There will also be a range of interactive stands for visitors to engage with and an opportunity to speak to those currently employed by local businesses.