On the 9th March 2018, The Enterprise Adviser Network in East Lancashire supported the BwD Hive Skills Showcase – an interactive event organised by Hive, Inspira, FutureU and Darwen Aldridge Community Academy DACA. The annual event aims to increase the amount of engagement between students, businesses and schools, an aim which is championed by DACA itself who actively support their students to develop the enterprising skills which employers and increasingly universities are looking for.
Inspira delivers the Enterprise Adviser Network in Cumbria and Lancashire.
2000 students, aged 13-16, from 14 different schools across Blackburn and Darwen had the chance to visit a choice of 12 careers zones: construction, creative, IT and digital, engineering, hospitality, CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance), manufacturing, public services, professional business services, health and social care, people services, and sport.
With the exam season on the horizon, the timing of this event came at a very important point in the academic year. Students were provided with a variety of career guidance activities with the aim of helping support them into their career choice. All attendees were treated to a fantastic science show by Flash Bang Science too.
Each zone hosted up to three different businesses, who all delivered a 15 minute interactive activity aimed at teaching students about the skills needed to work in the industry. There was a huge range of activities on offer, from planning fundraising events to participating in a penalty shootout. The event supports the national strategy to build a better Britain by investing in the skill development of young people to meet the changing needs of businesses.
Nearly 40 local businesses signed up to take part in the showcase. Interest in participating was extremely high this year as not only was the event helping businesses boost their profile and inspire young people to consider a career in their sector, but it also provided a way for them to help identify the skill requirements businesses will need in the future.