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Surrey Set for the First-ever Festival of Skills

Published on: 12 Nov, 2023
Updated on: 12 Nov, 2023

Up to 1,500 young people from schools and colleges across Surrey are expected to attend

Hundreds of young people are set to be fired up about their futures at Surrey’s first-ever Festival of Skills.

The free one-day careers event will provide local students with the chance to connect with and learn more about some of the county’s brightest businesses and training providers.

Up to 1,500 young people from schools and colleges across Surrey are expected to attend the event later this month (November 23, 2023) at Sandown Park Racecourse near Esher.

The Festival of Skills will feature more than 60 exhibitors, including Samsung, British Airways, Pfizer, Haleon, and BAE Systems.

Public sector institutions will also be represented with the Animal & Plant Health Agency, NHS, armed forces and Surrey Fire & Rescue among those attending.

The event has been organised and funded by Surrey County Council, with support from the Association of Learning Providers Surrey (ALPS) and Surrey Event Professionals.

Cllr Matt Furniss

Cllr Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, Transport & Economic Growth, said: “The first-ever Festival of Skills is set to be a day to remember – providing young people with the chance to rub shoulders with major employers and be inspired about their futures.

“Such interactions can change people’s paths for the rest of their lives, which is why we are delighted to have so many businesses, public bodies and training providers exhibiting at the event.

“Providing opportunities for employers to connect with the county’s future workforce is integral to our wider Skills agenda and achieving our mission to ensure No One is Left Behind.”

The Festival of Skills is open to young people in education aged 14 to 18. Those attending will have access to inspirational talks and interactive displays, while also learning about potential career opportunities.

Sectors represented include the creative arts, construction, cyber security, health and social care, technology, engineering, public sector, and hospitality.

The event will also host the official launch of the new Surrey Careers Hub, which will work with the county’s secondary schools, special schools and colleges to ensure every young person can find their best next step.

Schools and colleges are still able to sign up to the Festival of Skills for the remaining afternoon slots, but pre-booking is essential.

A small number of exhibitor stands are also available. Employers interested in attending must register their interest via the Festival of Skills website.

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