Students get skilled up
A group of Oldham students has visited Europe’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event in Birmingham.
The World Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham – attended by more than 70,000 people over three days – is designed to inspire the attendees by engaging them in skills competitions, delivering entertaining careers events and challenging stereotypes.
A total of 42 students and four members of staff from Oldham College and Oldham 6th Form College attended the show.
The event was divided into zones, each providing a focus on particular industry sectors: hospitality and lifestyle; construction and infrastructure; engineering and technology; IT and enterprise; media and creative.
The attendees got the chance to get hands on and have a go at a huge selection of skills.
They also got the opportunity to speak directly with hundreds of employers, colleges and training providers and receive expert careers advice while also watching demonstrations.
Tom Barnes, a Level 3 IT student, said: “A man without direction needs to go to the World's Skills Show. It was a brilliant event with lots to do. I saw quality that I didn't know existed.”
Mel Greenwood, Photography Level 3 and Student Union President, said: “It was good to see a range of skills and apprenticeships available.
“I would have liked to have seen more on the digital and creative section industry, however seeing the virtual reality sections was impressive.”
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, said: “This was a good opportunity for these young people to visit a major exhibition and to learn about some of the opportunities and careers that are available to them.
“Oldham Council has always supported our young people and we see apprenticeships as a great way of gaining the skills people need to progress up the career ladder and that’s we support them as a council.
“In the last three years Our Get Oldham Working team has helped create 650 apprenticeships and many of those have gone into full time employment – providing a real boost to the borough economically and in terms of skills.”