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The Skills Show



For many young people, a career in engineering has huge appeal Ė but often they lack the contacts or opportunities to take their dreams forwards.  The Skills Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-16 November 2013, is the UKís largest skills and careers event, and engineering is set to make a big impact on the 75,000 visitors expected to attend.


The Skills Show provides young people with the chance to discover more about a variety of industries, ranging from engineering to construction, make up and forensic science. One of the eventís most popular activities is a series of "Have a GoĒ opportunities, during which visitors can try a new activity such as repairing a track car and getting hands on experience using tools. At The Skills Show in 2012, engineering proved particularly popular, with thousands of young people interacting with businesses like Jaguar Land Rover, the largest manufacturer of premium vehicles in the UK, which passed on information about career opportunities and job prospects.


In addition to the benefits for those considering entry into the industry, The Skills Show offers businesses a great opportunity to talk directly to young people about the skills they need to succeed in pursuing an engineering based career path.  Industry leaders including Jaguar Land Rover have already seized the chance to get involved, and there is a wealth of ways that businesses can take part, from running a Have a Go skills activity to exhibiting. 


Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at Jaguar Land Rover, said:

"We are pleased to support The Skills Show, and have spoken to thousands of young people who are considering their future careers. Jaguar Land Rover is committed to promoting the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) agenda through our national education programmes to address the national shortage of engineers. The hands-on activities at the Show provide students with an insight into the exciting career opportunities available at Jaguar Land Rover and we hope our activities will encourage more youngsters to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing."


Ross Maloney, CEO of The Skills Show, said:

"We were delighted to secure the support of Jaguar Land Rover at the 2012 event, itís a true British company that strives to be the best at what it does.  Having such a household name at The Skills Show was a great opportunity for young people to become inspired and realise that they can have a rewarding and successful career at such a well-respected company.Ē


As the eventís Skills Patron Theo Paphitis explains, skills are the seed from which the future success of UK industry can flourish:

"The economy needs growth.  A workforce with an improved skills base means that we are better equipped as a nation to compete internationally.  But donít forget the benefits to individuals too.  Peopleís confidence grows as they learn skills, which makes their careers more fulfilling.  This special ingredient is something that is impossible to measure but of crucial significance.Ē


Engineering industry professionals and their families can register for free entry to the event by visiting Those interested in the commercial opportunities at the event should email