Skills showcase will return next year

REGENERATION experts are planning to hold a skills showcase every year after the success of an event in Hartlepool.

Around 2,500 people attended the Tees Valley Skills event which was held at the Sports Domes, in Seaton Carew.

But news has just emerged that the showcase is to become an annual attraction.

Bosses at Tees Valley Unlimited proposed the idea as part of the Tees Valley bid to win City Deal status for the area.

The news was first revealed as TVU delegates got ready to meet Minister for Cities Greg Clark yesterday to say why the Tees Valley, including Hartlepool, deserves to win a deal which could see 27,000 jobs protected and created.

A TVU spokesman said: “Developing skills is part of our deal.”

The deal could see 27,000 jobs protected or created in the area in the next nine years.

The City Deal could mean the Tees Valley becoming a prime location for carbon capture with “super sectors” for firms in petrochemicals, advanced manufacturing, and new renewable energy.

The continuation of the skills showcase comes after the Seaton Carew event was hailed as a great success.

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 numbers of people there were 500 higher than the previous year with more exhibitors also turning up.

Exhibitors commented that the 2,500 plus learners who attended had “the right attitude and asked the right questions about achieving their career goals”.

And the feedback from the students was that they learned about apprenticeships, workplace training and the different courses that colleges offer.