We organise the event, with support from Derby City Council, which is aimed at students aged 13 to 19, particularly those in year 11 who are considering their options after school.
Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale who attended the festival said:
“The festival has once again been a great success this year and it was great to meet so many enthusiastic young people eager to learn more about their training, further education, employment and career options.
“More than 10,000 visitors attended the festival over 3 very busy days in Chesterfield and Derby and I was inspired about the wealth of young talent and enthusiasm we have across the county as they look towards building a bright future.
“Deciding which path to take after school is a really big decision and the festival is a place where young people can explore lots of different routes and get all the information they need in one place.”
This year’s Derbyshire Skills Festival included 3 events – 2 were held at Derby Arena and the other at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield.
Young people and their parents and carers met representatives from colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers.
Our careers advisors and adult advisors from the National Careers Service were on hand to speak to young people about the options open to them.
There were also a number of ‘have-a-go’ sessions for young people to try out new experiences including 3D printing, massage therapy and simulation eye goggles and new to the Derby venue this year were talks about college, apprenticeships and university which proved popular with visitors.
Students can find out more about what their options are after leaving school by visiting the National Careers Service website.