The Skills Show calls for volunteers from the retail industry

The Skills Show is calling for businesses within the retail sector to encourage their employees to volunteer at its event this year, which will be held in Birmingham at the NEC from the 14 to 16 November.

Volunteers selected to join the show’s 750-strong team will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the production of a national event, while sharing their skills and expertise with younger volunteers. From event management to construction, and communications to transport management, there are many different roles available at this large-scale event which supports young people in their search for a career.

All volunteers will receive a branded uniform, a contribution of up to £10 in travel costs, lunch and refreshments, as well as a certificate confirming their participation in the event. The volunteer recruitment programme is now open to everyone over the age of 16.

Miriam Farley, senior event manager at the Skills Show, commented: “Volunteering at the Skills Show will provide individuals with experience of working at a large-scale public event. Working so closely with others from different disciplines builds teamwork and enthusiasm, while coaching and working with younger volunteers.”

The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event, with more than 70,000 visitors in 2012. Visitors are invited to gain hands-on experience and ‘have a go’ at a new skill, trade or occupation. A range of Showcase performances will also demonstrate the range of options available at colleges across the country, while independent careers advisors can provide information on the next steps available.

Individuals interested in volunteering can register by visiting The Skills Show team will assess all applications and get in touch to discuss pre-training before the event. Applications close in October.


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