Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

College hosts skills show event

By James Renoux-Wood - Tue 6 May 2014, 5:17 pm

Barking and Dagenham College has hosted a careers event, aimed at young people interested in pursuing opportunities in a range of disciplines.

A variety of demonstrations, 'have a go' activities and competitions were given in areas including e-design, engineering, sports science, hairdressing and developing and building solar panels at the Skills Show Experience event on 30 April.

More than 2,000 people attended the day, where the college also welcomed radio and television presenter, Maggie Philbin.

She said: “This is such a great event. It’s so important to give teenagers and parents easy access to expert, up-to-date and practical career information.

“The best way to find out about any career and how to break into an industry is to talk to the people who are already there. Careers are changing all the time, and advances in technology mean there are wonderful and exciting job opportunities now and in the future. I just wish there had been something like this available to me when I was at school.”

Student Simran Kaur showcased hairdressing techniques to the audience and talked about opportunities in the industry. 

She said: “I love the idea of being creative and making people feel good about themselves, and you can do that with hairdressing. I’m doing my hairdressing course this year but then I want to do a business course so I can open my own salon. ”

The day was supported by The Skills Show, the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service.

Cathy Walsh, Barking & Dagenham College's principal and chief executive officer, said: "The Skills Show Experience has been a superb showcase of the variety of skills required for work in the 21st century.”

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