Easton and Otley College signs up as main sponsor of Suffolk Skills Show

Easton and Otley College students at last year's Suffolk Skills Show.

Easton and Otley College students at last year's Suffolk Skills Show. - Credit: Archant

Easton and Otley College has signed up as lead sponsor of the Suffolk Skills Show for the next three years.

All departments of the college will be represented at the event, which offers young people information and hands-on experience relating to a wide range of careers and takes place this year at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Wednesday, October 19.

College spokesman John Nice said: “During the skills show, businesses, education, local authorities and training providers all come together to give the young attendees and their teachers an interactive glance into the world of work.

“From our point of view, this may well be the first time that attendees will be made aware of many of the industries that we represent such as farming and horticulture, therefore it made perfect sense for us to play a lead role in such an important occasion.”

He added: “Our many departments will be on hand to chat to visitors. “Agriculture are hoping to bring some livestock along as well as a tractor simulator and a drone game. “Construction students will be demonstrating their skills in brickwork, carpentry and plastering.

“Engineering will be involved in pit stop and spark plug challenges. “Animal studies, equine, horticulture and public services will also be showcasing what they do and how they do it with some fun ‘hands on’ activities. “We can’t wait to attend.”

More than 100 employers will be involved in this year’s skills show which is again being supported by Suffolk County Council, with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as a partner.

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Jasmine Joolia, skills policy officer at Suffolk County Council, said: “Although Suffolk County Council takes a leading role in the delivery of this event, the success of the day is only possible due to the support of our business and education community, both through sponsoring and exhibiting on the day.

“We are delighted that Easton and Otley College have pledged their continued sponsorship and support for the next three years, as this is vital to the successful delivery of the event, while maintaining the high calibre attendees have come to expect.”

Besides group bookings from schools and colleges for their students, anyone aged between 14 and 24 years of age is invited to drop in on the day anytime between 9am and 4.30pm. For further details, visit www.suffolkskillsshow.com