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01 Jul 2022

Inspiring the Black Country Pupils get hands on with careers

Inspiring the Black Country, developed by the Black Country Skills Factory, is a free interactive skills show which took place on Wednesday 29 June at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Aimed at inspiring and informing young people, the event reflected the local labour market and showcased businesses who are based and producing things in the area.

Not a traditional careers fair, for Inspiring the Black Country, employers provided hands on, engaging activities that simulate real roles for over 800 young people on the day. Activities included VR and programming a robotic dog, the opportunity to take a pit stop tyre changing challenge and the chance to try their hand at plumbing.

Attracting young people from secondary and special schools and other organisations from across the Black Country that support young people into employment, training or further education, the event was aimed at years 9, 10 and 12 (aged 14, 15 and 17) whilst the afternoon session focused on inspiring and support 16- 24-year olds who maybe unemployed or seeking inspiration.

Kelly Stackhouse, Employment Engagement Co-ordinator for the Black Country Skills Factory said:

“What a fantastic and successful day for all the pupils who attended and the employers who gave up their time. The young people were able to try different skills, speak to employers about the range of roles in each industry and hear from young Apprentices actually doing the jobs about their experiences and the advice they would give for planning their futures. We hope the young people have come away with some real life experience and knowledge of what the job market offers in the Black Country.”

Zoe Turton, Senior Careers Officer, Dudley Academies Trust said:

“Learners from our four secondary academies have all attended and the feedback has been fantastic. It’s opened their eyes to careers they may not have considered and helped them to dream big about matching their skills and interests to jobs.”

Raaj Sungu, from Barr Beacon School added,

“A good event with a great mix of career options. Lots of learners today are unsure of what they want to do when they leave school. This event opens your eyes to the different careers open to you based on your interests.”

The Inspiring the Black Country skills show has been developed by the Black Country Skills Factory in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Performance through People – part of the BCHG Group, Jonathan Lee, Black Country Saddles, Aspire for Me, and A. F. Blakemore & sons.

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Image caption: Mayor of Wolverhampton and her Consort with the Black Country Skills Team


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