The Skills Show 2013 was launched in London today, with a call to inspire young people to consider opportunities in craft skills learning, vocational careers and apprenticeships.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock and BBC2’s Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis were present at the launch of November’s event, which will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 14-16 November.
As the UK’s largest skills and careers event celebrating the importance of skills to economic growth, it is expected 75,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Mr Hancock, who was yesterday promoted to the minister of state role in the government reshuffle, said skills are essential to the growth of Britain over the coming decades.
“We need to champion our skills and inspire young people to make their own mark on industries ranging from engineering to web design,” he said.
“Creating a highly skilled nation will support our economy, safeguard our industries and improve the prospects of Britain.”
Mr Paphitis, who is patron of The Skills Show, added he is passionate about promoting the value that skills can add to the economy.
“I am passionate about improving skills levels across the UK, not least because our economy needs a skilled workforce to ensure we can be competitive and continue to develop and expand,” he said.
“Business needs to attract the very best talent in order to succeed, and The Skills Show is a great way for organisations to showcase the opportunities which are available to young people as they enter the world of work.”
This month will also see the launch of The Skills Show Roadshow, which will see a branded coach travel to 15 landmarks across the country to raise awareness of the Birmingham event.