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How could we inspire the next generation about their future careers?

5th October 2017

Nowadays teenagers have so many educational choices to make, and with so much information available it can become hard to make the right decisions. Between picking school subjects, university and college choices and potential job paths, the process can become overwhelming.

So, how can we guide the next generation? How can we help them make good choices and inspire their future careers? How can we give them a taste of different careers and what working life might look like?

The answer is simple – Skills NI Exhibition.

Skills NI is an interactive and innovative two-day careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship event for 14-19 year old students, their teachers and their influencers. It is Northern Ireland’s biggest careers fair and aims to enlighten students about their potential career routes, include information on training courses, apprenticeships, further and higher education, as well as jobs with study options.

Gabrielle McEvans, Project Manager of Skills NI explains: “Skills NI is designed to give students a taste of what life is like working in a broad range of roles and environments, from electrical engineering, to banking, construction, manufacturing, bioscience laboratories, accountancy, the media, insurance the agri-food industry, to name just a few.”

Headline sponsors of the event include NIE Networks, NI Water, Barclays and the Department for the Economy. Gordon Parkes, HR Director of NIE Networks highlights the value of events like Skills NI and comments: “It is extremely important to our society and our economy that young people possess the skills required by employers. The ‘skills mismatch’ needs to be addressed collectively through an integrated approach led by employers and supported by local government, schools, colleges and universities.

“Exhibiting at Skills NI offers organisations the perfect opportunity to get involved with helping and influencing students’ future job and career choices, as well as enhancing their existing learning and to support them in making informed choices.”

Graham Bailie, Head of Retail at Barclays says: “We have a responsibility to support the future workforce and equip them with the relevant skills to succeed in later life – we look forward to showcasing this at Skills NI.”

Not only does the event offer benefits for visitors – exhibitors can meet face-to-face with future talent, attract quality candidates and inform and influence teachers and parents.

Adam Young, talks about GE Grid Solutions successful experience at Skills NI last year: “Skills NI offered a unique opportunity to engage with a huge variety of young people and promote the importance of STEM.”

With more than 8,000 ambitious and motivated visitors due to attend the event over the two-day course, it is the ideal time to expose your organisation as an industry leader.


Wednesday 18th October – 9.30am-3pm and 5pm-7pm

Thursday 19th October – 9.30am-3pm


Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast


Find out more about participating and booking exhibition space at

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