Hundreds of Hartlepool students have found out more about the skills they will need for their future careers.
More than 1,800 young people aged 14-19, including many from Hartlepool, joined in with the Tees Valley Skills Show.
More than 70 exhibitors and learning providers, including Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hart Biologicals, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Durham Tees Valley Airport and the RAF were among the employers that attended the event.
Hands-on activities were on display including a flight simulator at the HCFE stand.
Elsewhere, there was interactive software which allowed students to try and create a ‘photo-fit’ of a celebrity, giving them an insight into the type of software used by the police and the process that a witness would go through to try and identify the suspect.
Linda Edworthy, director of strategy and investment at event hosts Tees Valley Unlimited, said: “It is important that young people leave education aware of the skills and qualifications required by Tees Valley companies if the area is to achieve future prosperity and reach its full economic potential.
It is important that young people leave education aware of the skills and qualifications required by Tees Valley companies if the area is to achieve future prosperity and reach its full economic potentialLinda Edworthy, Director of Strategy and Investment at event hosts Tees Valley Unlimited
“Tees Valley Skills - the largest event of its kind in the area - provided the opportunity to learn about the softer skills that are required in the workplace such as communications, time management and team working.
“We want to keep talented and able young people in the area and Tees Valley Skills has showcased the breadth and depth of careers available locally and demonstrated that those leaving education do not need to move away to find a fulfilling career.”
Ian Peart, from Hartlepool College of Further Education, said there was a “vast array of untapped engineering talent” which the college wanted to attract.
Jo Thompson, of the Tees Valley Learning Provider Network, said: “Tees Valley Skills provided a great opportunity for young people to speak to experts, to be inspired about potential career pathways and to better understand the skills, attitude and aptitudes necessary to secure employment.
“The event highlighted the very best Tees Valley has to offer regarding apprenticeships, training, further education and careers.”