MORE than 2,500 people gathered in Hartlepool for an event which showed off the area’s skills.
The second annual Tees Valley Skills event was held at the Sports Domes, in Seaton Carew, to show off the employment opportunities available to the next generation of workers.
But it was more than just a chance to chat to potential bosses.
Visitors got a chance to try out a flight simulator, have a go at being a DJ and test their hairdressing talents.
People could put their skills as a television presenter to the test, create a graffiti collage and have a go at football.
The event was the largest of its kind in Tees Valley and was hosted by Tees Valley Unlimited whose managing director Stephen Catchpole said the event was “fun, informative, and interactive”.
Last year’s Tees Valley Skills event saw 85 learning providers and employers getting to meet with 2,000 visitors from schools, colleges and universities. This year the numbers were expected to be even higher.
As well as fun and interactive elements, there was also a chance for people to get serious about careers.
Some of Tees Valley’s largest companies outlined the careers on offer and what qualifications and skills they are looking for.
Sector Zones were set up, highlighting the different types of industries in Tees Valley.
Elsewhere at the event, there was a careers hub with interactive guidance, videos and experts on hand.
The event was held in conjunction with partner organisations including Hartlepool College of Further Education, Darlington College, Middlesbrough College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Stockton Riverside College, and the Tees Valley Learning Provider Network.
Tim Grant, the principal of Darlington College and representing all the principals of the sponsoring colleges, said: “For Tees Valley to succeed, it is crucial that young people and adults choose a course or training programmes that meet their own aspirations as well as future employment needs of the region.”
He said the skills show would “help individuals learn about the knowledge and skills needed by Tees Valley businesses and the resources and support that are available to help make them attractive to potential employers.”