SkillsCymru – October 2019
There are just six months until SkillsCymru will be back at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Aimed at 14-21 year olds, and their teachers, parents and the other influencers in their lives, the two events are a unique opportunity to meet thousands of people in one place who are looking to explore their future career options and get work ready.
The events in 2018 welcomed record numbers of visitors. Particularly successful were both evening openings, which are aimed specifically at informing parents and carers about the breadth of opportunities in Wales, reaching 1,836 parents, carers and their children in Cardiff and 925 parents, carers and their children in Llandudno.
In total the event in Cardiff welcomed 8,482 visitors over two days and one evening, while the event in Llandudno saw 2,526 people over one day and one evening being inspired by exhibitors sharing a whole range of careers.
One parent gave the following feedback: “I have always home educated my sons and have been aware that they needed some career support and was relieved to be able to visit the event. One particular company we chatted to yesterday which was of great benefit, probably wouldn’t have and hadn’t, shown up in a google search on the jobs they were interested in. Thank you for this event. It has so helped my sons.”
The impact on young people is also clear with 55% of students unsure about their future before attending the event and 97% saying they felt excited, confident or clearer after attending the event.
121 organisations exhibited at SkillsCymru in 2018, with employers, training providers, universities, colleges and industry sectors all joining together to inspire the future workforce of Wales. Some feedback included:
- “Fantastic to share opportunities and promote business in Wales.” Alex Laurie, Dow Silicones
- “Lots of interested and engaging young people. As inspiring for us as it was for them.” Emme Pallen, Medical Mavericks
- “A great opportunity to speak to students about the benefits of higher education and about the range of courses on offer.” Iwan Hopkins, Cardiff University
- “Great event, well run and a good opportunity to provide our services to the correct audience.” t2 Group