Another year, another fantastic Cornwall Careers Show!
Back after the success of last year’s event, the Cornwall Careers Show 2016 was held at the Royal Cornwall Showground on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October. This year, over 3,000 guests came to meet over 90 exhibitors to learn more about the incredible range of carees opportunities, training courses and education paths available across the region.
We were delighted with the quality and diversity of the Have a Go activities at this year’s event. These included:
- Mocktail making masterclasses
- Riot Equipment Training
- VR Headsets
- Special Effects horror make-up tutorials
- The Wave-Rider Challenge
- Build-your-own wooden bird boxes
- Biscuit Decorating
- Segway Riding
- Handing Giant Land Snails
- Forensic ‘crime scene’ investigations
…and many, many more!
Our Spotlight sessions were led by the National Space Academy, who gave an exciting interactive guest presentation on the space industry, alongside Goonhilly Earth Station, the Digital Peninsula Network, Red Hotels and the WorldSkills UK champions
This year’s event was sponsored by WorldSkills UK and was funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company. Students were able to learn more about the opportunities which taking part in WorldSkills UK Competitions could provide them with and were also able to meet former WorldSkills UK champions – skilled young people who have taken part in skills competitions on a national or international stage.
“We were really pleased with the excellent response we received from all our visitors to this year’s Cornwall Careers Show,” says Paul Hobson, CEO of CSW Group. “We would like to thank all of the schools and partners who attended this year. There are lots of careers opportunities and vacancies available across a wide variety of sectors in the South West, but it is vital that the young people from across the county have the skills, personal qualities and qualifications which employers are looking for in order to fill these spaces. The Cornwall Careers Show has provided the ideal opportunity for our young people to try out a host of new skills and to explore career paths they may not have previously considered, as well as starting to develop these employability skills.”
“The Have a Go areas were packed during both days,” continues Paul, “and feedback from our exhibitors shows that the visitors have relished the opportunity to talk directly to those with jobs or training courses that might suit them.”
With youth employment in the South West currently running at almost 14%*, finding the right career can be a challenge for the region’s young people – particularly when someone is uncertain about what career choice to pursue or doesn’t have direct links with employers who have vacancies to fill. However, by supporting events like the Cornwall Careers Show, businesses and training providers can help to show young people the incredible range of opportunities available to them and can help them to understand the skills, attributes and personal qualities they’ll need to progress in their chosen fields.
We would like to thank all of our guests and exhibitors for making this event such a tremendous success. We have gained valuable research and excellent feedback from the event and we look forward to using these insights to shape our delivery and future events.
From all of us here at CSW Group, thank you for joining us for another phenomenal careers event and we wish you all the very best for whatever you plan to do in the future.