Barking and Dagenham College hosted the Skills Show Experience on 13 May – an event for students to gain access to information about career prospects.
It took place at the college’s Rush Green campus and attracted hundreds of visitors from local schools, as well as 200 people referred from Jobcentre Plus.
More than 50 'have a go' activities took place, ranging from the opportunity to design a mobile phone app to completing a pit-stop challenge. Those in attendance could also experience what it is like to work in a TV studio.
There were speeches from ITN News reporter Fatima Manji, who spoke of her experience of becoming a TV reporter and Jamie Dunn, who became an internationally renowned entrepreneur by the age of 20. Dunn gave guests some pointers on the skills and qualities needed to succeed.
As well as advice and information about apprenticeships and traineeships, visitors could chat to potential employers at the event, including the Royal Navy, the Metropolitan Police, Harrods, West Ham Hospitality, Ask Care, and Primark.
Diana King, deputy manager at Primark, Romford, said: “This is the first time we’ve attended this event but we would certainly do it again. It’s great to meet with young people who are keen to find out about retail opportunities with Primark.”
The college offered attendees the chance to try out different activities, such as a 'Build a PC in 30 minutes' challenge.
Cathy Walsh, Barking and Dagenham College's principal and CEO said: "London is moving east, and Barking and Dagenham is the fastest growing London borough. It is important for our community, especially young people, to have easy and up-to-date access to the latest skills and career information so they can train for work in London’s diverse economy.
“The young people of this borough want work, and this event opens their eyes to what opportunities are out there."
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