Young people try potential jobs at North East Skills event

The region's biggest jobs, careers and skills fair sees hundreds of young people try their hands at potential jobs

Apprentice Dale Tansley of Quickhydraulics at the North East Skills exhibition
Apprentice Dale Tansley of Quickhydraulics at the North East Skills exhibition

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.

Proud to back apprenticeships

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.



David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer