A free skills festival aimed at students aged 13 to 19 is being held at Derby Arena on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2019.

The festival, supported by Derby City Council, is particularly aimed at those in year 11 who are considering their career and study options after school. Those who are not currently in education, employment or training are also encouraged to attend.

The events will run from 1.30pm to 7.30pm (last admission 6.45pm).

Derbyshire Skills Festival is the largest careers event in the county. It runs annually in September, with more than 10,000 individuals attending in 2018.

Nearly 80 teams of training providers, employers, and colleges will be attending at the festival, such as Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, University of Derby and Derby College. They will be available to offer guidance and information to help students consider their future career and training options.

Derby City Council representatives will be attending to discuss potential options for school leavers within the Council.

There will be a number of sessions which have been specifically designed for those who have special educational needs and disabilities.

There will also be a number of activities available for young people to try their hand at a variety of work and training opportunities to help them gain more insight.

Activities span a great number of skills such as engineering, media, hair and beauty, floristry, textiles and much more.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, who is attending the event said:

“Considering what to do once you leave school can prove very daunting and overwhelming for young people. One of the best ways of making it as smooth a transition as possible is ensuring that there is a wealth of information available to students.

“Events like the Skills Festival are fantastic in this way, as they showcase the variety of training, development and career opportunities available around Derby.”

Learn more about the Derbyshire Skills Festival.