The Skills Show launches BBC partnership

The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, has announced a partnership with the country’s leading broadcaster, the BBC. The agreement sees the broadcaster confirm a major presence at the event, which will take place at the NEC Birmingham from 13-15 November.

Gail Cohen, Director of Marketing, Content and Commercial Development at The Skills Show, said:

“We are thrilled to have the BBC on board to work with us on The Skills Show this year.”

“The BBC has a reputation for excellence across all of its areas of business, and we are delighted to align our brand with such a prestigious organisation. So many of our young visitors are unaware of the breadth of careers opportunities which exist within the corporation, and we are looking forward to working with the BBC team to ensure as broad an outreach as possible.”

In addition to providing performers from across the BBC’s platforms to appear on the main stage at The Skills Show, representatives from across the organisation will also take part in the Spotlight talk programme, to brief the event’s young visitors on careers opportunities and development potential from a “real life” point of view. BBC brands ranging from CBeebies to the Asian Network, BBC Academy and BBC Learning will be involved in the BBC’s presence, which will be sited in The NEC’s Pavillion, which will encompass the full scale and scope of the range of careers offered by the BBC. There will also be a host of hands-on experiences for visitors to try and be inspired by a new skill which could ultimately lead to a career path.

Claire Paul, Head of Entry Level Talent Programmes at BBC Academy, said:

“The BBC is delighted to be working in partnership with The Skills Show, since it represents a great opportunity for us to help support high quality vocational opportunities for young people. We already have 178 of our own BBC Apprentices working across the country – in TV and radio production, local journalism, interactive media, broadcast technology, business management and legal affairs – and we are keen to add to these numbers. There is so much amazing talent that exists in this country, and we hope that our involvement at The Skills Show will inspire more young people to follow their passions into the world of work, hopefully with the BBC!”

The Skills Show is a unique event, offering hands-on experiences designed to inspire and provide information and advice for young people of all ages, and provides an amazing showcase for the nation’s vast variety of skills. Visitors have the chance to Have a Go at a wide variety of work-based skills, get impartial advice from careers professionals and speak to a range of employers, colleges and training providers. Spotlight stages across the event allow visitors to get an insider’s view of different industries, hearing from “real people doing real jobs”, while representatives from leading employer brands and both the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service are on hand to discuss training and employment opportunities.

To further extend the reach and impact of The Skills Show, The Skills Show on the Road is a roadshow in partnership with National Express, which will be touring the country during October. Visiting eight different cities between 21 and 31 October, a specially fitted coach will feature interactive skills challenges where young people can Have a Go at a number of skills across a range of areas. In addition, they will receive careers advice and Apprenticeships information on board, together with the chance to meet local employers in the City & Guilds speed dating area.

For more information about The Skills Show and The Skills Show on the Road, please visit www.theskillsshow.com. City and Guilds is lead premier sponsor and the Edge Foundation and Premier Colleges are premier sponsors of The Skills Show and The Skills Show on the Road.