This year Prospects Events has given 99,035 visitors and 1,176 exhibitors the opportunity to explore future careers, network with businesses, access resources and attend various seminars and talks on a variety of subjects relating to careers, jobs, education, skills, training, apprenticeships and recruitment.
By working with a wide variety of partners and sponsors, Prospects Events has successfully delivered 28 events across the whole of the United Kingdom, with high profile visits from a number of VIPs including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.
The majority of visitors (94,456) attended one of the 13 highly interactive careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship events that Prospects Events organise. These included the Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair, four Skills England events, the Liverpool City Region Skills Show, two SkillsCymru events, three Skills Scotland events, Skills Northern Ireland and Skills London.
Visitors to the series of skills events were made up of young people aged 14-24, teachers and careers advisers and the parents and guardians of young people on the precipice of making decisions about the career path they want to follow.
At these events, visitors can get really hands on with different career options to explore the skills they might need to be ready for the world of work. On average, 50% of young people said they were unsure about their future prior to attending a skills event which reduced to 17% after taking part in the events.
In addition to events for young people and the people who influence them, Prospects Events also organise the National Career Guidance Shows.
These events were visited by 2,301 professionals in 2018, including careers advisers, coaches and teachers, enterprise co-ordinators, youth justice workers and staff from Job Centre Plus. In 2018, a new National Career Guidance Show was launched in Bristol which added to the successful conventions already held annually in London, Leeds and Coventry.
The Prospects Events team were responsible for organising a number of events for high profile clients this year including London First, Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub, Heathrow and the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). In November, the EOA held their annual two-day conference and awards dinner which was attended by 641 delegates.
The team also organised nine business summits for Heathrow across the country, with a flagship event at Heathrow in November. These ten events attracted 1,637 visitors, who took part in over 2,600 “Meet the Buyer” appointments which allow small businesses to meet Heathrow suppliers in a speed networking environment.
Some feedback about the 2018 events is below:
“I have always home educated my sons and have been aware that they needed some career support and was relieved to be able to visit the event. One particular company we chatted to yesterday which was of great benefit, probably wouldn’t have and hadn’t, shown up in a google search on the jobs they were interested in. Thank you for this event. It has so helped my sons.” Parent/Carer at SkillsCymru Cardiff
“I will definitely be attending this event next year. It is a great opportunity for students to engage with industry and colleges. The organisation of the event has been taken off teachers who would find it impossible to pull such an array of employers together.” Group leader at Skills Northern Ireland
“I spoke to someone from MSAG that made me become more interested in medicine and they informed me about what things I would need to do to apply as well as a medical summer school opportunity.” Young person at Skills London
“The help provided by the Prospects Events team before and during the event was first class and made my first experience of Skills London a very positive event. I am looking forward to seeing how we increase our impact in 2019.” Exhibitor at Skills London
“It was a brilliant event for British Airways to engage with so many teachers and careers advisers – it really supports our own school engagement strategy and desire to further our talent pipeline.” Speaker and exhibitor at National Career Guidance Shows
“It was so worth the visit, I found employers and providers there so informative and came away with lots of information. Also advice around my own career development which was great. Thanks for the opportunity to visit and I will definitely recommend for future ones.” Visitor at National Career Guidance Shows
“Talking through options after year 11 was so helpful, my nerves and apprehensions turned into excitement and I’m looking forward to the future now.” Young person at Skills North East
“Our son (who is in Year 11), isn’t sure whether he wants to do A-levels or not, or BTECs, apprenticeships, etc. Events like this are so useful and at least given them an idea of what is the best pathway for them, so thank you to you all!” Parent/Carer at Skills Yorkshire
“Once again this was a highly relevant, hands on event where pupils and teachers got up to date information and made useful contacts.” Group leader at Skills Scotland Glasgow
Find out more about Prospects Events and add key dates to your calendar for next year by visiting www.prospectsevents.co.uk