Building Our Skills has already gained the backing of a number of major industry names for its plan to rollout a series of bespoke industry careers fairs in 2024.

Launch partners for the initiative include Rehau, Schuco, GGF, Bohle, FIT Show, GQA Qualifications, Liniar, CNC Recycling, Corgi Fenestration and Veka among many others.

The aim of these fairs is to engage directly with the education sector and show school children aged 14 upwards the vast array of career opportunities that the sector can offer, says BOS, which is aiming to showcase 50 distinct careers at each of its fairs.

Two pilot events are to be held in March 2024 as a part of National Careers Week in South Yorkshire at the Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley FC, and in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club in conjunction with the local authorities in South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester respectively.

Mark Handley, Building Our Skills’ Partnerships Manager said: “Our aim is to show the industry to over 1,000 school children and their teachers over the course of the two events.

“If the two pilots are successful, these will become annual events enabling us to keep in touch with those who attend as they get closer to thinking about their careers. It is also our intention to expand the number of events into other areas of the country where we are working with other local education authorities”.

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