Save the date – Derbyshire’s largest careers event

Cllr Russell at a previous Derbyshire Skills Festival
Cllr Russell at a previous Derbyshire Skills Festival

Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have teamed up to provide information about the range of options available at the end of Year 11 (and beyond!).

The Derbyshire Skills Festival is a free information event, open to all Year 11 students.

We are expecting over 60 employers, colleges, training providers and voluntary organisations to have stands at the events, offering the perfect opportunity for youngsters deciding what to do after school and college, as well as their parents and carers, to speak to the experts, and ask any questions they may have.

Last year, more than 11,000 people came along to the Derbyshire Skills festival, and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better.

Visitors to the event will also be able to take part in have-a-go sessions to test their skills and get first-hand experience of what different careers might be like, such as hair and beauty, engineering, construction and manufacturing.

This year there are three events to choose from:

  • Queen’s Park Sports Centre, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, S40 2ND on Thursday 14th September
  • The Roundhouse, Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Derby, DE24 8JE on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September

The events will open from 3.30pm to 8:00pm. There will also be earlier sessions for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (these will be arranged through the schools and Connexions Pas). Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) will also be invited.

Cllr Russell attended the Derbyshire Skills festival in 2015, she said: “This was an excellent event, I would strongly encourage all Year 11 students to attend.

“There are so many options available to people leaving school.  It’s not necessarily about going to college or university anymore; I was extremely impressed with the number of providers on hand to answer questions about the variety of options available. The ‘have a go’ sessions were also brilliant!”

To find out more visit the Derbyshire County Council website or contact the Skills Festival team for more information by emailing or by calling 01629 536545.

Derbyshire Skills Festival 2016
Cllr Russell attended Derbyshire Skills Festival in 2016