The Future of Work will be the main topic of discussion at this year’s National Career Guidance Shows, the UK’s leading series of free conventions for people passionate about careers, which kicks off in London on February 28 at Olympia Central.
Over 2,500 professionals who work to support the transition of young people and adults into work will attend one of four events that make up the series, which will be in London, Leeds, Coventry and Bristol over the next month.
By 2022, 9 million people with low skills are expected to be competing for 4 million low-skilled jobs, with a shortage of 3 million workers to fill 15 million high-skilled jobs. These figures, as well as the thousands of further education opportunities available and the fact that these options are very different from the choices made by their parents 20-30 years ago means that young people are in desperate need of good careers guidance.
With the long awaited publication of the Government’s new Careers Strategy and statutory guidance, the National Career Guidance Shows act as a one stop shop for careers leaders to access free resources and toolkits all under one roof, aiding the development of their career programmes so that they meet all eight Gatsby benchmarks.
Nina Hurst Jones, Events Operations Director at Prospects, the organisers of the National Career Guidance Shows, said: “We understand the importance of young people and adults receiving excellent career guidance from professionals with the right skills, knowledge and experience. That’s why our National Career Guidance Shows allow professionals who play a key role in advising the next generation of workers to access free CPD certified seminars to ensure their knowledge is up-to-date. Our exhibitors are also all on hand to network with our visitors to forge partnerships that will benefit the people our visitors work with.”
Rebecca Woods, Careers Manager, Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, visited the event in London in 2017 and said: “There is a massive range of careers showcased, the seminars and insight talks are absolutely brilliant and really informative. The networking opportunities are also really good and personally I have really benefitted from them in regards to getting speakers into the school.”
James Aitchison, Assistant Headteacher, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & VI Form College, came along to the event in Leeds and said: “The National Career Guidance Shows offer greater clarity of what is currently happening in workplaces around the UK and the many different organisations that are willing and able to support the effective delivery of work-related learning.”
The National Career Guidance Shows are free to attend and are taking place in:
London: Olympia London, 28 February, 9:30am – 4pm
Leeds: Centenary Pavilion Leeds Utd FC, 8 March, 9:30am – 3pm
Coventry: Ricoh Arena, 15 March, 9:30am – 3pm
Bristol: Ashton Gate Stadium, 22 March, 9:30am – 3pm
To book free tickets, visit https://prospectsevents.co.uk/visit-national-career-guidance-show