Young people wanting to gen-up on careers, qualifications and the skills required by employers can do so at a major event on their doorstep, hosted by City of Wolverhampton College, on Wednesday, 2 April.

Over 1,000 young people aged 14 to 25 are expected to attend The Skills Show Experience - Wolverhampton, at the city's racecourse, to meet local employers and find out about apprenticeships and the wide range of careers available in the city, as well as college courses to give them the qualifications they need for their chosen career.

Participants will also be able to have a go at a range of job related practical activities to give them a taste of industry related tasks and an idea of the skills they will need to develop to impress future employers.

People passionate about a career in construction can take part in a range of painting techniques, try their hand at plumbing push-fit joints, install an electrical door bell system or hammer it out in a timed carpentry challenge, whilst those interested in engineering and motor vehicle qualifications can go into battle with robots, have a go at computer aided designs or take part in a pit stop challenge.

Those interested in a career in the hair and beauty industry can try out head and neck massages, nail art, temporary tattoos and hair colouring; and young people wanting to work in hospitality and catering can decorate cup cakes, learn how to fold napkins and sculpt a tomato!

Sports enthusiasts can test their fitness levels in a penalty shoot out, cycling spin class or exercise circuit session; creative types can take part in a musical production, design computer games or work in a live recording studio, and those with a love of the great outdoors can learn survival techniques from The Prince's Trust.

The event - supported by the National Careers Service - will be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park, 10am to 7pm, and places can be booked online at Type=links;Linkid=3248;Title=City of Wolverhampton College;Target=_blank;.

Companies taking part in the event include Wolverhampton City Council, the Civic Halls, Wolverhampton Homes, Bullock Construction Ltd, RAF Museum Cosford, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, University of Wolverhampton, VOiD Games, Wates Construction and Zaks Hairdressing, along with representatives from the army, RAF, Royal Marines, Royal Navy and West Midlands Fire Service, as well as advisers from Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Prospects and the Construction Industry Training Board.

  • released: Wednesday 26 March, 2014