‘Virtual Black Country Careers Expo’ Announced

06 Nov 2020

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

‘Virtual Black Country Careers Expo’ Announced

Supporting the Work Force of Tomorrow as ‘Virtual Black Country Careers Expo’ Announced

We live in confusing times, and that can make it harder to plan for the future. But there are some things that we can be certain about. Living in a post-Covid facing world brings drastic environmental changes and rapid technological change.

Three big challenges - Covid-19, automation and the environmental crisis - will shape the future of work over the next 10 years and beyond. Covid-19 is transforming the world of work, in the UK every sector of the economy has been hit by the pandemic, with reports suggesting that the worst-hit industries have been hospitality, culture, construction, manufacturing and automotive.

However, the pandemic is accelerating the trend towards automation in many sectors – many of the jobs lost will not return once the pandemic is over, and in the UK, the pandemic has hastened the trend towards digitalisation.

Ensuring the Black Country workforce of tomorrow is skilled and adaptable to these changes is key, so, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Black Country Skills Factory - Careers Hub - funded by the Careers Enterprise Company, to launch the ‘Black Country Careers Expo’, in a bid to help youngsters from across the region gain an insight into the future world of the workplace and create links with local employers, colleges, training providers and universities .

‘Live’ on the 14th January next year, and available for 4 weeks, the Virtual Black Country Careers Expo will provide pupils, parents and teachers from across the Black Country, access to a wide range of careers advice, employment information, apprenticeships, skills and training programmes, FE and HE information, all under one virtual roof.

The project, launched to inspire tomorrow’s workforce, will give youngsters advice on their future career prospects, and showcase some of the next steps and jobs available to them, helping them as individuals to plan and build their future careers.

Overhauling post-18 education with a new focus on technical courses, and providing £1.5 billion to upgrade and improve college buildings, the government has promised to create the jobs of tomorrow, stating that they will look with “laser-like focus on skills.”

Meanwhile the Black Country Careers Expo will build on the work of the Black Country Careers Hub and will be a great opportunity for businesses and providers to reach out to the young people of the area during these challenging times, providing an opportunity to promote their individual sector jobs, apprenticeships and training courses.

To ensure that all sectors are featured in January’s event, the Chamber are asking those businesses interested in becoming involved to contact them or the Black Country Skills Factory.

To find out more please contact Alex Bamford at alexbamford@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

or call: 07976 902118

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