Over 1500 local school children and jobseekers aged 16+ recently took advantage of a hands-on careers event at the Grimsby Auditorium designed to give a taste of the fantastic career choices available in our region.
The Lincs2Guidance Skills Show Experience was a free, hands-on careers event being held at the Grimsby Auditorium, organised by the Council, Jobcentre Plus and local education providers; that offered the chance to find out all about the wealth of different career opportunities available in Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
The Skills Show Experience, part of the WorldSkills competitions, is a nationwide programme of over 220 events throughout the year, which aims to inspire over 200,000 young people across the country to realise their potential by ‘Having a Go’ at interactive activities and receive guidance to help them shape their future.
Fourteen-year-old, Jasmin Gallagher, a pupil from Oasis Academy Immingham, visited the event with her friend, fifteen-year-old Claudia Lord, and other pupils from her school. Jasmin said: “I want to do Travel and Tourism at the Institute and it was worth coming today as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but now I know. When I finish I’d like to travel and work as a Holiday Rep.”
Claudia added: “I think it’s been really helpful, I’ve got lots of help and information. I’ve looked at Bishop Burton and the Grimsby Institute and want to do biology and then micro-biology.” Two sessions were held throughout the day; Year 10 pupils from local schools (14 and 15 year olds) were invited to come along with their school and try their hand at some of the exciting, interactive exhibitions and find about career opportunities in our region.
Maclen Gibbins, 15, from Tollbar School, is now hoping to enrol at Grimsby Institute when he has finished his GCSEs, Maclen said: “I’m interested in Engineering in the Army or RAF. I tried welding in the ‘Have a Go’ area and thought it was good. When I finish school I want to do Electrical Engineering at the Grimsby Institute.”
Following the schools session, Jobseekers aged 16+ were invited to drop-in to find out about career and job opportunities in Lincolnshire, find out about training solutions and speak to local employers to find out exactly what they are looking for.