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Get set for Derbyshire's largest careers festival

Published: 17 September 2019

It’s not long now until Chesterfield and Derby host this year’s Derbyshire Skills Festival - the county’s largest careers event - with the first event taking place this week.


We organise the festival supported by Derby City Council. It is aimed at students aged 13 to 19, particularly those in year 11 who are considering their options after school.

This year it is being held at:

  • Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ on Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Derby Arena, Royal Way, Derby, DE24 8JB on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2019

All 3 events will run from 1.30pm to 7.30pm (last admission 6.45pm). 

Almost 80 employers, colleges, training providers and voluntary organisations will be at the events, offering the support and guidance needed to help make future career choices – all under one roof.

There will be have-a-go activities for young people to test their skills and get first-hand experience of a variety of work, training and development opportunities plus much more.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“We’re getting ready for another fantastic Derbyshire Skills Festival again this year.

“Choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions young people will make and we’re pleased the event helps so many get all the information they need and find out what options are available to them.

“So if you know someone aged 13 to 19 please encourage them to go along – last year more than 10,000 people attended over 3 great days.”

There will be sessions for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and young people who are not in education, employment or training are also welcome to attend the skills festival.