An interactive Furness skills festival returns this month with an exciting programme, inspiring speakers, and top prizes.
Skillsfest 2018, which takes place on Saturday February 24, is an opportunity for students, parents and the public to discover the careers available on their doorstep.
The free event, which runs from 10am to 3pm at The Forum, in Barrow, is organised by Furness Education and Skills Partnership, Inspira, Inspiring Barrow and Hello Future.
The day will consist of numerous workshops and advice from inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker Andrew Barnard, Paul Crarey (head coach of Barrow Raiders), representatives from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and aptitude test advice sessions led by BAE Systems.
There will also be top prizes on offer, including a Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fires, and Bluetooth speakers.
The event aims to help young people have the skills necessary to access some 80,000 jobs that will be available in the county.
Amy Lamph, joint coordinator of FESP and a design and technology teacher at Ulverston Victoria High School, said: “Skillsfest is going to be an exciting and interactive event with so much happening. It's an event for everyone. It's a chance to meet businesses and organisations.
“We have great opportunities in Cumbria. This is one of the best times to be school leaver. We want to make sure our young people are prepared to make the most of those opportunities and have the skills needed.
“We also want to show young people what they can do outside school to build a range of skills through volunteering and youth organisations.”