Visitors up 16% at this year’s Skills Show

Visitor numbers for The Skills Show 2013, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, rose by more than 16% on the previous year’s total.

82,147 visitors descended on Birmingham’s NEC over the three-day period, bettering last year’s total of 70,738 attendees.

Over ground covering seven football pitches, visitors were encouraged to try hands-on experiences across the event aiming to inspire them to explore further education, skills and apprenticeships.

Ross Maloney, the show’s Chief Executive, said the increase in attendance figures is only part of the good news from The Skills Show.

The increase in attendance figures for The Skills Show 2013 demonstrates that young people are really interested in finding new routes into the world of work, through further education, skills and apprenticeships,” he said.

“By inspiring young people to make their own mark on industry we will not only create a motivated, engaged workforce but help to build a highly skilled nation, which in turn will support our economy, safeguard our industries and improve the prospects of the UK.”