North Lincolnshire Festival of Skills

Liz Redfern
Liz Redfern

The first Festival of Skills and Opportunities is taking place across the county this month which will see a range of events taking place providing careers and training opportunities for people of all ages.

North Lincolnshire Council is committed to improving the economy by ensuring people have the right skills and qualifications they need for the current and future needs of employers in the area. The Festival of Skills aims to do just that.

There will be something for everyone during the month-long festival. Whether you are looking for a change in career or starting out on the career ladder, you will be able to get valuable advice and support.

Councillor Liz Redfern, NLC leader, said: “It is vital we have a healthy economy in North Lincolnshire. To do this we aim to provide people of all ages with the right skills and qualifications needed. The Festival of Skills and Opportunities will play a huge part in helping to achieve this.

“With a whole host of events taking place throughout October working with our partners, there are going to be a wide variety of opportunities on offer. It will have something for everyone.”

Next Thursday there will be a Young People’s Achievements and Celebration event held at Café Indiependent from 6pm to 8pm. Jed Salisbury, winner of Funny Scunny 2013 event will host the evening and performing at the comedy club on the night.

It is open to all young people aged 18 to 24 who have actively pursued training and employment opportunities in this area over the last year and are interested in taking the next positive step to find out where they can get help and support.

A proactive group of young people who have taken part in a range of programmes including Catzero, Springboard, Talent Match and apprenticeships will celebrate their achievements. The winners of the following awards will be announced and others are in the process of being agreed: North Lincolnshire Council Apprentice of the Year; Catzero Young Achiever; and Springboard Participant of the Year. As well as that North Lindsey College and John Leggott College are holding their own events that are open for people to attend to find out what the colleges have to offer.

John Leggott College’s open evening is also next Thursday, 5-9pm. It is an interactive event where prospective students can get a feel for particular subjects and chat to college staff.

Coun Redfern added: “North Lincolnshire is a wonderful place to live and work, which is why we are seeing more and more investment in the area. We, as a council will do all we can to support the growth of the local economy in every way we can.”