Help children choose a career

Discover new ambitions at The Skills Show

Although it is secondary schools that have been made responsible for careers guidance, primaries also play an important role in opening children’s eyes to how they might make a living.

With such a diverse jobs market, it can be difficult for teachers to give pupils a true picture of the options that are available to them, but a visit to The Skills Show, held at the NEC Birmingham from 14 to 16 November 2013, is certain to broaden their horizons

The Skills Show dedicates the morning of Thursday 14 November to primary schools, before opening its doors to students aged 11 and over. (Travel bursaries are available for schools and colleges to help towards the cost of travel.) At the event, children can have a go at a variety of work-based skills, get impartial advice from careers professionals and speak to a range of employers and training providers. “Spotlight” stages will also allow visitors hear from real people doing real jobs.

Children may not be entering full time employment any time soon, but a visit to the Skills Show may help them return to school with new ambitions, and link what’s taking place in the classroom to their future prospects.

Pie Corbett