One stop shop helps Northampton pupils

One Stop Shop for careers
One Stop Shop for careers

Over 1,000 students took part in a wide range of inspiring and interactive hands-on activities at Northamptonshire’s largest Skills Show Experience.

The Skills Show Experience, organised by Horizons, took place in Northampton at Saints Rugby, Franklin’s Gardens.

The event, aimed at year 10s, gave students a chance to try over 60 different ‘have-a-go’ activities to identify their skills and get them thinking about their careers.

Activities were provided by local colleges and employers including Northampton College, Tresham College, Moulton College, Daventry UTC, XPO Logistics, Church & Co, Nationwide, Royal Air Force, Nital, Greencore Group and others.

Students took part in a wide range of activities, both indoors and outdoors covering many different trades and careers.

These included a Pit Stop Challenge, a Crime Scene Investigation, photography workshops, and hands-on experience of carpentry, engineering, floristry, music, DNA testing, animation, logistics, electronics, animal care, sports, fashion, plumbing and stonemasonry.

Jenny Lal, Horizons Choices Adviser, said: “It was a fantastic event and the atmosphere was buzzing as students from across the county discovered and tried different skills.

“We really hope it has inspired and motivated students when making choices and decisions about their future careers.”

Kath Baigent from Wrenn School, Wellingborough, said: “It was a well organised and very informative day. 

“There was such a diverse range of careers represented and our students really enjoyed the opportunity to chat to the exhibitors as well as having a go at the many ‘hands on’ activities.  This event always allows students to consider and look into career areas that perhaps they have not thought of before.”

The event was supported by Find a Future, the European Social Fund, the National Careers Service and Northamptonshire County Council.