Kick-off your future with South Staffordshire College and Walsall College at The Skills Show

Looking for careers inspiration? Want to explore your options? The nation’s largest skills and careers event The Skills Show, is returning to Birmingham this month and is packed with ideas, advice and opportunities to help young people decide which route to take into the world of work.

South Staffordshire College and Walsall College will both be at the free to attend event, which takes place at the NEC from 17th – 19th November 2016 and will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of interactive ‘Have-a-go’ experiences designed to help them develop new skills, talents and interests. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about further education and apprenticeships, plus gain expert careers advice.

Located on stand H6-CZ-08 in The Skills Show College Zone, South Staffordshire College and Walsall College are working in collaboration to deliver a fantastic range of engaging activities including a football simulator where participants can put their skills to the test as they try to beat the goalkeeper in a penalty shootout or be named champion of the crossbar challenge! Using the latest technology, the simulator will record the velocity and direction of the ball, keeping score, tracking shot location and average speed along the way. With simulated crowd noise that helps create a head-to-head atmosphere, have you got what it takes to be top of the leader board?

The colleges will also give you the chance to make your mark on their giant doodle wall, enjoy a plumbing showcase and get involved in their engaging ‘Have-a-go’ activities. Those who are interested in creative media production can experience a taste of what life in front and behind the cameras in a television production studio is like with the popular South Staffordshire College ‘Be a Presenter’, while Walsall College will be providing the chance to get to grips with professional cameras and video editing software in their creative media techniques activity.

For those who are interested in Agriculture, South Staffordshire College will also be giving visitors the chance to put their tractor driving skills to the test in their AgriSTEM Academy’s tractor simulator. From the moment they take the driving seat in this full size simulator, visitors will have the chance to get to grips with the professional controls and navigate their way around a range of obstacle courses and agricultural challenges using the four 46 inch LCD screens. With interactive touch screen controls, motion base platform, smart steering wheel and professional joystick, this experience provides a taste of life behind the wheel of some of the most advanced agricultural machinery in the industry.

Both Walsall College and South Staffordshire College will also have expert staff on hand throughout the event to provide more information about the fantastic range of courses and apprenticeships, giving visitors the chance to explore everything on offer.

Throughout the show, professionals from a range of industries will give inspiring Spotlight talks to provide unique real-life insights into a variety of careers and training routes, while learners who are already working towards qualifications in subjects such as construction and beauty therapy will be delivering a wide range of showcases.

The show will also host the WorldSkills UK Competitions National Finals, in more than 50 disciplines.  The competitions play a vital role in raising skills standards among young people and provide an opportunity for competitors to challenge themselves against the best in the country.

Last year, the show welcomed over 78,000 visitors and with so much on offer, the event once again promises to be the ideal opportunity for young people to be inspired and explore their next steps.

Want to come along to the Skills Show from 17-19 November? For more information, and to book your place, please visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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