Bucks Skills Show goes virtual for 2020

Published: 10 November 2020

The annual Bucks Skills Show helps young people explore careers and work out how to get there – but this year looks different. The exciting two-part event runs from 9 to 13 November and is entirely virtual!

Marina Jackson, Under 19 Skills Manager and Careers Hub Lead, Buckinghamshire Skills Hub, said: “We are very excited to be running the first online Skills Show. Our employer led curriculum sessions aim to embed careers within curriculum and help students to understand the relevance of their subjects to future careers. Sessions for young people and their parents/carers will explore the different options available to them. Careers support and guidance will play a critical role now more than ever before and we are delighted to have the support from our amazing employers.”

This year’s Bucks Skills Show is based around a two-part event ‘Bringing lessons to life in-school’ and ‘Student/parent webinars and 1:1 careers advice’.

The Bucks Skills Show Online 2020 is live streaming inspirational speakers from businesses including:

  • McAfee
  • Esri
  • Sodexo
  • Capgemini
  • ANT Telecom
  • Pinewood Studios
  • Ngage Solutions (to name but a few) - into lessons to show how they use curriculum subjects in their every-day-job.

Lessons will be aimed at Year 9 students, enthusing them about subjects and their potential and relevance to their future careers – without teachers having to give up precious curriculum time. These lessons will run throughout the week starting Monday 9 November.

The second part of the event ‘Student/parent webinars and 1:1 careers advice’, offers two live webinars for 16 to 18 year olds ‘Where next: employment, education or apprenticeship’ on 10 November and ‘Understanding the job market: what’s on your doorstep?’ on 12 November. In addition, there will be an opportunity to book a free 30-minute ‘What’s right for me?’ 1:1 advice and guidance session with a careers expert.

Marina added: “COVID-19 has created unprecedented times in the jobs market, and we want to help young people navigate the many paths available to them from higher and further education to training, apprenticeships and employment. Above all, we want to help every individual student understand what’s right for them.”

In addition, to the businesses supporting this year’s Bucks Skills Show, the Bucks Skills Hub are working in partnership with Pathway CTM who will be hosting the sessions on Zoom.

For further information on the Bucks Skills Show please visit: www.bbf.uk.com/business-support/buckinghamshire-skills-show