About the Event
Employers need employees, young people need jobs. This event brings them together, informing and inspiring students and helping them find out what they need to do to get their dream job.
The Rochdale Skills Event brings over 1,000 Year 9 students together with business leaders and careers advisers to give them the chance to get to grips with what they need to do to kick start their working life.
Everything from a crime scene to a vehicle repair garage and a catering kitchen are on show in a 25,000 sq ft warehouse on one of the borough's most successful business parks, giving the students the opportunity to try their hand at just some of the skills they might need to secure their ideal job.
The event introduces them to industries and roles they'd never even considered and gives them the chance to ask local business and public sector leaders how they have got to where they are today.
The public and private sectors work together to deliver the annual one-day event.
What we'll do
- We will organise the third Skills Event to take place on 11th March 2015.
- We will take over a 25,000 sq ft warehouse to bring even more businesses/organisations/sector to showcase to students.
- We will provide more hands-on opportunities.
- We will develop work experience opportunities and apprenticeships.
- We will evaluate the event to share with partners and inform future events.
- We will promote the event to showcase the businesses and employment opportunities across the borough.
Why it’s a great idea
In 2012 more businesses than ever chose to set up in the borough and in the last couple of years over 4million square feet of space has been taken up by the private and public sector, providing employment opportunities.
Employers are crying out for skilled people to join their workforce and yet our young people are leaving school and college with little understanding of the opportunities that exist and what they need to do to take advantage of them. That's why we organised the first event and why we are now organising a third, by popular demand!
Following the event, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities were created, young people left feeling inspired and motivated and employers had had the opportunity to meet people who could be their future employees.
We must help young people manage their transition into the world of work and give them the best chance of developing a successful career. That's what our event does.
How we'll get it done
- We will set up a public/private working group to organise the event.
- We will work with the schools service to ensure as many pupils as possible can attend.
- We will create materials for the day to support students in their conversations with business leaders.