What’s on at Skills Yorkshire 2019

Skills Yorkshire is a jam-packed event full of interactive, inspiring and informative activities.

The event features hands-on demonstrations with industry experts at the ready to offer free insight and impartial advice. We encourage our attendees to visit as many stands as possible and talk to the different organisations exhibiting.

This is your opportunity to find out more about what the future has to offer you.

Read below to see what our 2019 event has to offer!



Get Skilled stands

Get Skilled stands offer in-depth knowledge about certain industries. You can discover new talents and try a variety 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 can promote as wide a range as possible to you, the visitors.

Get Skilled in Sports
Presented by Bradford College

Learn all about the sports facilities at the college as well as the extra-curricular activities available, while taking a turn in their boxing ring with Team GB and Sport England-accredited coach Mally Maclver.

Get Skilled with Leeds City College

Visit the interactive zone and take yourself to another world with VR equipment and enjoy demonstrations from hair and beauty, engineering, public services, childhood and education, food, sport and travel.

Get Skilled in Construction and The Built Environment 
Presented by Leeds College of Building  

Meet the paint and decorating team and test your creativity with activities in rag rolling, stencilling, marbling and more.

Race against the clock with the plumbing team and make sure all the pipework is plumbed and connected properly before the water starts to flow.

Get yourself out of a traffic jam, try your hand at a transport vehicle card game and see how good you are at putting together a giant road network jigsaw puzzle.

Get Skilled with Keighley College

Experience demonstrations in bricklaying, plumbing, joinery and electrical. You can also drop by to watch some expert demonstrations in hair and beauty throughout the day.


Creative Zone
Sponsored by Leeds City Region, supported by Burberry Foundation

The creative industry is the fastest growing sector in the UK, having grown by over 50 per cent in the past six years. Leeds City Region has a thriving creative sector full of film makers, games designers and digital agencies as well as being home to broadcaster Channel 4’s new national HQ.

To inspire the next generation about the breadth of opportunities and careers in the region, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), supported by Burberry Foundation, is delighted to sponsor the Creative Zone at Skills Yorkshire. The Creative Zone brings together some of the very best creative organisations from across the region, including Ocean Spark Gaming, Screen Yorkshire, Harrison Spinks, UK Fashion and Textiles and many more.

Visit the Creative Zone to see first-hand how many creative careers there are right here in our doorstep.


Careers Hub

The 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. Visit the Careers Hub and ask any questions you might want the answers to.



Live Opportunities Board

The Live News Board aims to provide you with the chance to find out about current vacancies available to you in your region.

Exhibitors use this board to post job vacancies, volunteer opportunities, traineeships, apprenticeship schemes and any other opportunities.

Ensure you take a look so that if any interest you, you also 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!


Skills Theatre

The Skills Theatre showcases local talent.

The Skills Theatre is always filled with live demonstrations on anything and everything from performing arts to cookery.


Activities on stands

  • Try on some army uniform with Learning Curve Group.
  • Think you know your surgical instruments? Test your knowledge with University of Huddersfield and see if you know your stuff. You can also find out what kind of duties an Occupational Therapist might have and how they can help patients.
  • Have a go at the Zoltar machine with Futuregoals and see what the future has in store for you.
  • Meet some real apprentices and have a go at some Cyber Security challenges with PwC.


Keep checking back here nearer the event for more information on the interactive activities that will be available at Skills Yorkshire 2019.