Skills Show targets ‘hard to reach’ workers

Skills Show targets ‘hard to reach’ workers
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Published: May 29th, 2019

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.

To
find out more about the event click here and to register an interest in attending click here

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