Wirral Young Chamber has hosted the Wirral Young Chamber Career & Skills Show 2019, at The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead, a major event sponsored by the LCR Apprentice Hub.
The 2019 skills show broke the previous year’s attendance, attracting over 1,400 young students and over 200 business people – making it not only Wirral’s largest skills show but also one of the largest across the Liverpool City Region. The event was organised to provide Wirral’s young people and its businesses with an opportunity to engage and offer key insights into the world of work by showcasing the opportunities in Wirral.
A key initiative of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, Young Chamber bridges the gap between education and employment by bringing employers and young people together. The Career and Skills show is its flagship annual event that aims to inspire young people between 9 to 18 years into exploring future career options.
With over 200 representatives of local businesses supporting the event, it provided a platform for discussion about the different roles and responsibilities associated with industry and commerce, together with the skills and attitudes businesses look for in employing staff.
Exhibitors came from Wirral and across the Liverpool City Region, representing a broad spectrum of growth sectors including engineering, healthcare, media, technology and manufacturing, together with pathway organisations such as the Universities, further education colleges and apprenticeship providers.
Amongst the businesses taking part were Cammell Laird, Magenta Living, Blockwalls, Vigo IT Solutions, Teledyne CML, B&M Waste, Services, Finsa UK, Wirral Hospice St John’s, The Contact Company, Morgan Sindall, Wirral Met College, Beech Group, Tranmere Rovers, Rossi and Rossi, Recruit Right, PFP Wealth and Hoist UK.
Paul Jordan of Hoist UK, said, "This was very important event for the business community, it offered a positive platform to meet and engage with many young people and explain more about our business and what we will be looking for in recruitment as we grow and develop new products for which will we need new skills."
The students were able to interact with a number of businesses through the presentational equipment, such as hi-impact consultancy’s state of the art, virtual reality systems, and the Wirral Metropolitan College innovative fork-lift simulator.
The diversity of opportunities was clearly demonstrated by Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Services, Royal Navy, Armed Forces and National Health Services, for which many of the young students were greatly inspired by personal stories from their representatives on how careers in the public sector can have a real impact in the day-to-day lives of people.
Warren Ward, Event Organiser from Wirral Chamber of Commerce, added, “By bringing together our businesses and local schools we can create meaningful interactions and showcase what real opportunities there are locally. The success of the event was testament to the importance of the Wirral Young Chamber Programme in creating partnerships and greater collaboration with and between businesses and schools."