Schools and families invited to try new skills!
Monday, 3 November, 2014

Solihull College, part of Premier Colleges, a working group of Further and Higher Education Colleges, has thrown down the gauntlet to teachers, classroom assistants, parents and carers to come and ‘have a go’ at The Skills Show next week.

The nation’s largest free to attend skills and careers event, The Skills Show 2014, is taking place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 13-15 November and brings together educators, employers and specialist careers advisers. It provides a real insight into the huge range of skills and career opportunities, plus routes and options to consider in the future.

Solihull College will be leading in the Aerospace and Civil Engineering activities, along with supporting the Motor Vehicle events. After the huge success of the flight simulator brought in by the College last year, it will again be returning to inspire learners. Aerospace and aeronautical studies are areas which are set for significant investment by Solihull College over the next several years.

Dave Cooper, Director of Marketing at Solihull College, comments: “The College is delighted to be involved in this exciting event for another year; the Skills Show provides a unique opportunity for young people to get a taste of where vocational education can lead. We look forward to welcoming learners to our ‘have-a-go’ events and hopefully inspiring them”.

If a school trip isn’t arranged and parents or carers don’t want their young people to miss out on this fantastic show, they can book their own free places as the event is open to the public. National Express coaches are offering a 25% discount on travel to the NEC between 13-15 November in support of the event.

Mark Wilson, Head teacher of a visiting primary school said of last year’s event “Our school is in a socially deprived area where many families have members who are in low skilled jobs or without work so the event certainly helped to raise aspirations. We would like to make a visit to The Skills Show one of the regular transition events for Year 6 and look forward to visiting again next year.”

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Flight simulator