More than 4,000 young people, teachers, parents and residents found out more about apprenticeships and other career paths at the Liverpool City Region Skills Show earlier this week.
With more than 100 organisations to speak to, visitors to the Liverpool City Region Skills Show were able to get involved in a whole range of interactive activities to help them decide what jobs and careers they may want to pursue in the future.
Young people could try their hand at a huge variety of career specific skills including virtual welding, driving a forklift simulator, caring for animals, CPR, music production and DJing, dentistry and midwifery.
Glynis Walsh attended the event with her grandson and commented on Facebook: "I was there today with my grandson. It was very good, with all jobs, apprenticeships and colleges to choose from. There was plenty of information from everyone, well done."
Fifty school groups attended the event, with students aged 15+ encouraged to try the range of careers available. Jonathan Ducker, Ridgeway High School Assistant Head Teacher, tweeted: "Great day at the Liverpool Skills Show. Lots of positive feedback from students saying they now know what they want to do post 16."
Daniel, a local school student added: "It has made it more likely for me to look for an apprenticeship when I leave school."
In addition to the Skills Show, an awards ceremony recognised the achievements of apprentices and the contribution local companies have made towards apprenticeships in the region. The winners of the twelve award categories are listed below:
• Danielle Flynn - Winner of Knowsley Apprentice of the Year
• Janet Bailey - Winner of Liverpool Apprentice of the Year
• Alan Linforth - Winner of Halton Apprentice of the Year
• Emma Greaves - Winner of Sefton Apprentice of the Year
• Jessica Burrows - Winner of St Helens Apprentice of the Year
• Laura Lovelady – Winner of Wirral Apprentice of the Year
• Evolve part of the Riverside Group - Winner of Halton Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
• Machmade Ltd T/A Dyno-Rod - Winner of Knowsley Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
• Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Winner of Liverpool Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
• Hairlucinations Ltd - Winner of Sefton Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
• Unilever - Winner of Wirral Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
• The Old School House Nursery - Winner of the Judges' Special Recognition Award
Local employers who exhibited at the event gave positive feedback, including Jaguar Land Rover Halewood who tweeted: "Fantastic day yesterday supporting the LCR Skills Show - huge amount of interest at the JLR stand. And a fantastic result for Halewood apprentice Danielle Flynn - congratulations on a richly deserved award!"
The Skills Show was organised by Prospects Events on behalf of The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub as part of The Employees Support in Skills Project supported by the European Social Fund/Education and Skills Funding Agency.