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Local students explore careers on their doorstep

2:28 pm, Thursday, 6th July 2023 - 11 months ago

Children and families

POPULAR local careers fair, the Skills Fair, returned this week, showcasing education, training and career opportunities to students in North East Lincolnshire.

The Skills Fair is organised by a partnership made up of North East Lincolnshire Council, Franklin College, Grimsby Institute, the Careers & Enterprise Company and the Department for Work and Pensions.

This year’s event took place at Grimsby Auditorium, and saw school-age students from across North East Lincolnshire attend. The venue hosted more than 60 exhibitors, ranging from colleges and sixth form providers, to universities, employers and training providers.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This event takes place every year and is always met with warmth and enthusiasm from schools and school students.

“It’s important that, as a Council, we look to safeguard the future of the borough by demonstrating to our young people that there are good, high quality and well-paid jobs right on their doorsteps. Equally as important are the training and education facilities that we have here in this region, that can equip our students with the skills and knowledge to pursue those careers.

“Ultimately, this incredible event is about showing our young people that they can, in fact, live in this area and thrive.

“I’d like to thank our partners in the private and public sector for helping us to once again put on this popular event.”

In the past, the event has attracted the likes of the Royal Air Force careers team, Phillips 66, Orsted, Equans, British Steel, Siemens Mobility Ltd, and the University of Hull.

Phillips 66 also sponsored the Phillips 66 STEM Village – an area of the fair specifically focussing on careers in science, technology, engineering, energy and the renewables sectors.

Nina Stobart, Communications & External Affairs Lead, Phillips 66, “This is the highlight of the year for our education outreach team, we have apprentices working with us now, who first spoke to us and had their interest sparked at the North East Lincs Skills Fair.

“The region is going through such a fantastic transformation and there are so many exciting careers available, this gives those students a chance to see them and speak to those employers.

“We look forward to meeting the students and hopefully inspiring more apprentices and graduates into STEM careers.”

The Skills Fair was held at Grimsby Auditorium on Tuesday 4th July.

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