Newcastle College staff and students have been showcasing their talents this week, inspiring young people on their career path at the annual North East Skills expo.
Hosted by SkillsEngland, the two-day event at the Metro Radio Arena brought 15 – 24 year olds together with employers and education providers from across the North East.
Along with local universities, colleges and businesses, Newcastle College used the event to showcase skills from several vocational areas and industries, and support teams were on hand to offer advice to help young people decide their next steps.
This year, students from automotive, art and design and hospitality took the chance to show off their talents and encourage visitors to follow in their footsteps. At their ‘Get Skilled’ stands, they demonstrated how to change a tyre, knit a scarf and decorate a cake, before offering guests the chance to give it a go for themselves.
One lucky winner took home an Amazon Echo Dot and another was awarded a FitBit fitness tracker after completing the Batak Pro Challenge, a test of endurance, speed and agility.
Over in the Get Skilled theatre, musical theatre and dance students performed on both days of the event, while visitors also had the chance to experience virtual reality welding, wind turbine maintenance, railway signalling and received glitter tattoos and special FX make up from the College’s hair and beauty team.
Ronnie Burn, Head of Education Partnerships and Careers Lead at Newcastle College said: “North East Skills is always a great event and this year was no exception.
“There are so many options after you’ve left school and it’s not always clear which one is right for you. This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet young people face to face and help them make sense of what’s available and what will match their interests, skills and career goals.
“We have met some excellent young people this week and I hope that we’ve inspired them on the next step of their journey.”