What’s on at Skills Northern Ireland

Checkout the event guide and plan ahead for your visit

Get Skilled stands

Dedicated Get Skilled stands offer in-depth knowledge about certain industries. You can discover new talents and try loads of different skills when you get hands-on with a Get Skilled activity. Experts are always on hand to help as you learn something new and try work-based skills; the aim is to ensure each Get Skilled stand represents a different career sector so we promote as wide a range as possible to you, the visitors.

Get Skilled 1: Get Skilled in the Public Sector

Presented by Belfast City Council

Learn how to be a zoo keeper by handling real life animals including owls and reptiles. You can also experience what it’s like to be an environmental health officer and undertake science experiments to test for germs.

Get Skilled 2: Get Skilled in Media

Presented by BBC Northern Ireland

Find out if you have what it takes to become a newsreader with the BBC autocue machine. If you’d prefer to be behind the camera you can get to grips with production cameras, camera rigs and stabilisers.

Get Skilled 3: Get Skilled in the Automotive Industry

Presented by Riverpark Training

Polishing of fresh paint work, diagnostic fault finding, engine, computer diagnostics and gearbox demonstrations will give you insight into the automotive industry.

Get Skilled 4: Get Skilled in Catering and Hospitality

Presented by Springboard CareerScope

Witness the artistic plating and presentation methods used by top chef’s and try your hand at preparing a finished dish fit for a restaurant and how to lay a table to match.

Get Skilled 5: Get Skilled in Construction

Presented by CITB NI

Timed construction challenges will include building a mini model staircase and a mini model roof. You can also take the online Go Construct quiz to find out what job in the industry is perfect for you.

Get Skilled 6: Get Skilled in Science

Presented by W5 and STEM Hub

Try out a whole host of science equipment including Van de Graaf generators, microscopes, infra-red cameras, segways and more.

Get Skilled 7: Get Skilled in Creative & Cultural Skills

Presented by Creative & Cultural Skills

Three different creative companies will be on hand to show you different skills in the industry. From lighting production and prosthetic make-up to digital animation and wig making.

Skills Showcase

Sponsored by Belfast Met, items will be presented in a gallery style area within the event. This feature will showcase products created by individuals as part of their job or training, representing some of the organisations and companies from the wide selection of key industry sectors exhibiting. Head over and be inspired by the range of products young people in Northern Ireland have created.

Examples of creations we have had in the past include; a wooden roofing model, re-finished car panel, mini steel bulldozer model, hairdressing mannequins, handmade surfboard with various textiles, dentures and orthodontic appliances and a 3D theatre model, to name a few.

Careers Zone

Supported by the Department for Economy’s Careers Service, this Careers Hub is an area is where you get the chance to have one to one advice from the experts. Topics including careers advice, interview skills, volunteering and starting your own business.

Skills Theatre

The Skills Theatre showcases interactive demonstrations. See timetable below to ensure you don’t miss out!

10:00 – 10:30W5
The trouble with Titanic
What happened on that fateful night to remember in 1912 when the Titanic – the largest man-made moving object in the world at the time – hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic? Wasn’t it meant to be unsinkable? Find out with this engaging and entertaining science show. As we all know, it was alright when it left here…


10:45 – 11:05Belfast Met Music Students
Music from the Met
Experience the talent and tunes of Belfast Met’s music students playing a variety of compositions. Ask them questions on how they got to where they are and what they hope to do in the future.


11:20 – 11:40 Academy Hair and Beauty Training School

Upstyles with Malachy Weatherall

Witness Malachy Weatherall, salon manager at top Belfast Salon ‘Hair Traffic’, tease, twist and transform our models hair into a magnificent upstyle



11:55 – 12:15 Belfast City Council

Careers in gardening and horticulture

The Community Parks Outreach Manager from Belfast City Council – Michael Culbert – will present an interactive demonstration of pot planting where you have the opportunity to develop not only your green fingers but also gain an insight into a career in gardening and horticulture.


12:30 – 12:50Northern Ireland Water

Saving lives – the ‘PPE challenge’!

Come along and compete in the ‘PPE Challenge’!

This exciting competition will teach you all about Personal Protective Equipment – hands on.  Can you match the correct PPE to a situation?  Can your team beat the competitors in our race against time and be declared the Victors and win the prize?  Let the games begin…


13:05 – 13:35 W5
The trouble with Titanic
 What happened on that fateful night to remember in 1912 when the Titanic – the largest man-made moving object in the world at the time – hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic? Wasn’t it meant to be unsinkable? Find out with this engaging and entertaining science show. As we all know, it was alright when it left here…


13:50 – 14:10Belfast Met Rugby Academy

The use of technology in sport

Belfast Met’s Rugby Academy will showcase how an exciting cutting-edge technology used by top sports teams is teaching its students about a tool for improving their game and performance. Belfast Met is the first college in Northern Ireland to secure this technology. This new tool enables them to learn about sports code as well as how to capture, review and present video and analysis.



Live Opportunities Board

The Live Opportunities Board aims to provide you with the chance to find out about current vacancies available in Northern Ireland including, job vacancies, volunteer opportunities, traineeships, apprenticeship schemes and any other opportunities. The exhibitors post these vacancies on the Live Opportunities Board at the event for you to view. Ensure you take a look so that if any interest you, you have the chance to speak to the organisation face-to-face at the event and find out all you can about the role. This is a great way to get ahead of the competition, so don’t forget to take a look!