Top speakers at skills show
An A-list cast of speakers from Google to the Ministry of Sound will be headlining the county’s largest interactive careers fair on Saturday 13th October at The Gateway in Aylesbury.
Organisers of the Bucks Skills Show 2018 have announced the full line-up, which also includes Cabinet Office Minister and MP for Aylesbury David Lidington, ITV News and Sir Anthony Seldon OBE.
Tech giant Bosch, sponsor of the Bucks Skills Show 2018, is sending Application Engineer Stephanie Alexander to highlight potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths – known widely as ‘STEM’. Stephanie explained: ‘STEM is a wide ranging field involving different inventions that make our lives easier. From cars to planes to artificial intelligence, the skills required for a career in STEM are now so much more diverse as we all strive to achieve the same goal in so many different ways. By supporting the Bucks Skills Show, Bosch aims to help young people reveal their potential capabilities, develop their skills and fuel their imaginations.’
David Lidington MP, MP for Aylesbury and Minister the Cabinet Office, launches the event with a look at the opportunities for young people created through the Government’s Skills Policy and Industrial Strategy.
Alison Lomax, Director of Lifestyle Retail at Google, will be giving insider tips on careers in digital: ‘I’m looking forward sharing my career journey with students at the Bucks Skills Show and giving them insights into the plethora of types of digital careers, from YouTube creators to cyber security.”
Reshma Rumsey, Social Affairs Producer for ITV News, discusses careers in TV journalism: “I’ve been a journalist for 20 years and have seen the profession evolve and grow. It’s a hugely rewarding career: exciting, unpredictable and has infinite possibilities. But being a journalist is not just about having the talent, you also need to be tough and tenacious. I’m looking forward to meeting the young people attending this great event and possible journalists of the future, and showing them why being a journalist is the greatest job in the world.’
Young people wanting to break into the music industry can head for Ministry of Sound Chairman Lohan Presencer: ‘The music and entertainment industries have transformed beyond recognition since I started my career. There are now thousands of careers paths which did not exist when I was a student. The challenge is to help the next generation prepare for opportunities which may not yet exist but could be perfectly suited to their skills as digital natives.’
Sir Anthony Seldon OBE, one of the country’s most authoritative high profile commentators on contemporary history and education and Vice Chancellor of University of Buckingham, will be closing the event by investigating the impact of artificial intelligence on education and jobs.
Organised by Buckinghamshire Skills Hub, part of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, the county-wide careers event opens young people’s eyes to the many different job opportunities available, letting them meet employers face-to-face, experience the many activities on offer and be motivated by high profile guest speakers.
The Bucks Skills Show hosts employers from a range of industry sectors: public services; life sciences, health and social care; business; engineering, technology and manufacturing; media and creative; retail, hospitality and leisure. Students can also meet education providers at the ‘Next steps’ area.
Visit Eventbrite.co.uk to book free tickets and for a full line-up of the speakers presenting on Saturday 13th October at The Gateway, Aylesbury, from 9.30am to 3pm. Follow @BucksSkillsShow on Twitter for updates.
Cyber security firm McAfee are one of the many high profile employers returning to the Bucks Skills Show