Dudley College students had plenty of opportunities to showcase their talents and develop new skills when they took part in The Skills Show 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham. The annual show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event and this year it attracted almost 80,000 visitors.
The college is an active member of the Premier Colleges group that is lead sponsor of the event. Our staff and students worked collaboratively with further and higher education institutions in the region to raise the aspirations of thousands of young people. More than 100 of our Photography, Production Art, Catering, Motor Vehicle and Construction students ran Have-a-Go activities which gave visitors a chance to try their hand at trade techniques ranging from pasta making to building a traditional brick archway.
Engineering staff and students were feature exhibitors of a 3D Modelling activity that provided visitors with an insight into aspects of new advanced manufacturing technologies. A ‘spotlight’ talk delivered by Production Arts tutor, Neil Hughes, captured the attention of hundreds of young people who were interested to find out what it is like to work in the media make up industry.
Our Foundation Studies students demonstrated their artistic skills and created hand painted images of their very own super heroes as part of an Inclusive Skills ‘showcase’ activity. Travel and Tourism students formed a Dudley College Volunteer group and were trained by The Skills Show team to take on various customer facing roles during the 3 ‘live’ days of the event.
Additionally, 1200 of our students attended The Skills Show as visitors and were thoroughly enthused by the experience.