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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Careers event organised to promote understanding of employers’ needs

AN interactive and innovative careers event is taking place in Furness next month to help young people and adults understand what skills employers are looking for.

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SHOWCASE Brian Wood, the chairman of Furness Education and Skills Partnership. Inset, Sarah Williams, deputy area manager for Inspira Mike Vallance

SkillsFest 2013, which is being held at The Forum in Barrow on Saturday March 2, is a collaboration between Furness Education and Skills Partnership and Inspira, Cumbria’s leading youth work organisation.

The event, which will run from 10am to 3pm, is sponsored by GEN II.

Those attending can get direct help and advice to develop the skills they need for future employability, to understand the different pathways for education and training and to get a better understanding into the careers which are available in the Barrow and Furness area.

Sarah Williams, deputy area manager for Inspira, said: “We were delighted when FESP approached us to collaboratively plan and organise an event that highlights the importance of developing employability skills to young people and their families.

“On the day we aim to excite people about their own potential, broaden awareness of future career opportunities and encourage positive aspirations.”

The FESP education and business representatives are committed to raising awareness of potential career pathways in the minds of local young people from primary age upwards, but also to ensuring that their parents are part of this crucial process.

The chairman of FESP, Brian Wood, said: “A major goal of this joint venture with Inspira is not only to showcase what FESP businesses do and the future opportunities they are likely to provide, but also to highlight those transferable skills that will aid the transition of young people into the world of work and adult life.”

In the collaborative work within FESP over the last year, local companies and teaching staff from Furness schools and colleges have identified, and sought to develop through a range of collaborative projects, a list of twelve fundamental skills which they believe will produce rounded, grounded and employable young people. These skills are: team work, active listening, problem solving, commitment, reliability, resilience, self-motivation, ability to handle change, ability to work under pressure, ability to deal with failure, time management and interview skills.

In the FESP area of SkillsFest, members of the workforce of several companies belonging to the partnership will host interactive stands which not only depict the major focus of their business, but also highlight the skills from the FESP list which they are looking for from potential employees.

Sited alongside business representation, young people and teaching staff from several primary and secondary schools and Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College will also be hosting interactive display stands.

These will showcase the way that local education is responding positively to this need to have a skills’ curriculum which sits alongside the need to deliver subject knowledge.

Mr Wood said: “We would like to encourage all local young people from primary age upwards, together with all interested parents, to come along to The Forum on March 2 to see some of the really exciting things on offer to them in terms of future career pathways.

“The FESP interactive section of the event is being planned to be both informative and fun for everyone, whatever their age.”

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, GlaxoSmithKline, Vattenfall, Tritech and Siemens Subsea will be represented at the event.

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