Hundreds of young people discovered new skills at a careers fair designed to inspire the next generation.
North East Skills, the region’s biggest hands-on jobs, careers and skills event is back at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
Aimed at young people aged 14-19, their families and friends, the event is the place to find out about jobs, apprenticeships, training and college courses in a fun and interactive way.
The teenagers discovered new talents when they got hands-on in the Get Skilled zones where experts demonstrated work-based skills.
They were able to try everything from engineering to cake icing, bricklaying to crime scene investigation and even got up close to a Caterpillar 42 ton articulated dump truck that was designed and manufactured in the North East.
Northumberland College brought along a range of animals from the College’s zoo and New College Durham gave budding directors the chance to make their own short film.
A spokeswoman for the event said; “It is one thing hearing about careers in the classroom but it is another thing seeing them in action and trying them out yourself.”
The North East has a long and proud tradition of making things – but that reputation is under threat from a very real and growing skills gap.
That is why The Journal launched its Proud to Back Apprenticeships Campaign.
We want to see more companies embrace apprenticeships – and to do it with pride.