Thousands set for Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park

A pupil at last year's Suffolk Skills Show

A pupil at last year's Suffolk Skills Show - Credit: Archant

Tomorrow more than 4,500 young people will attend the Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk’s largest skills and career event.

The Suffolk Skills Show, designed for 14-24-year-olds, is anticipated to be the largest employer-led skills and careers event in the area.

The show provides the opportunity to speak to employers from all over Suffolk and consider the range of industries the county excels in. There will be hands-on activities and experiences to inspire young people to explore careers and motivate them to find out more about the world of work.

Over 16s not booked with a school/college are welcome to come along on the day between 9am and 6pm, and register at reception in the event centre. Last entry is at 5.30pm.

More than 130 exhibitors will be at the show, including one of the event’s sponsors, MyGo, the UK’s first dedicated employment centre.

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Belinda White, deputy contract director at MyGo, said: “At the Suffolk Skills Show our team will be on hand to give you one-on-one support to discuss the many opportunities available to you.

“If you’re 16-24 we’re here to help you with free training, career and employment support. If you’re looking to start a career we can set you up with everything you need – from a winning CV to tips on how to impress at interviews.”

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Leigh Hemmings, from Town 102 will be with her team on air live at the event. She talks about her passion for the world of media and the careers available in radio.

She said: “I’ve worked in media for over 20 years and I love it. There’s never been a better time to discover radio as a career. It’s consumed via smartphone, desktops and tablets, as well as stereos – featuring on alarm clocks, car radios and via Beats Pills and other audio enhancing gadgets.”

BT, technology sector sponsor, will be on hand to talk about the wide range of careers and training opportunities at the event. Bobby Moss, a graduate software developer, graduated with a degree in computer science and joined BT in 2013 on one of their graduate schemes.

He said: “The graduate programme at BT has built on the programming knowledge I acquired at university and invested heavily in helping me understand how I work within a team and how to lead teams of people.

“There have also been fantastic networking opportunities with fellow graduates and senior staff members from across the business.”

The EADT and its sister title, the Ipswich Star will be at the event with a ‘live newspaper’ so students will be able to see the pages of tomorrow’s papers develop, watch as stories go from the small screen in front of them to websites and become part of the news-making process by sharing their thoughts on the day via our Twitter feed.

EADT and Ipswich Star editor, Terry Hunt, said: “It is a vitally important event which will help young people make good choices with a view to their future careers. For many, it might well provide the moment of inspiration when they decide their chosen pathway in the world of work.”

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