1,500 young people to talk careers with Burnley businesses

More than 1,500 pupils and young people will meet face-to-face with Burnley businesses to discuss their career options as part of Lancashire Skills Festival 2014.

Lancashire-Skills-FestivalThe event will take place across two days, on November 13 and 14. More than 1,000 pupils took part in a similar event in Preston last month.

Festival organisers have invited those aged between 14 and 25 to explore careers and skills development opportunities to help inspire and shape their futures.

Forty-three employers, colleges and training providers will be on hand to talk about potential career paths, including Sainsburys, BT, Aircelle, BaE, Art of Plastering, Vale Bridgecraft, VEKA, Holiday Inn, Burnley Borough Council, Aldi, Calico, Paradigm Precision and Ultimaker.

The festival is part of The Skills Show Experience national programme of events looking to inspire 200,000 young people from across the country, unlocking their potential and shaping their future.

Although Lancashire has a highly educated workforce many businesses report key skills gaps which hinders growth and we know that there is often a mismatch between the career aspirations of young people and opportunities available.

Organisers said: "The Lancashire Skills Festival is designed to ensure that young people are given hands on insight into the local labour market including an understanding of those skills that are in demand, coupled with high quality careers guidance to make appropriate, sustainable choices first time. "Our aim is to broaden the horizons of young people in schools/colleges and the unemployed, encouraging them to explore new career paths, raising aspiration and enabling them to understand the real opportunities offered by local growth sectors."