The annual Cornwall Careers Show has just wrapped up for another year – and what a show it was.
Oculus rift, smoke rings, inflatable balls, plastic crying babies, popcorn, terrifyingly convincing injuries, pasta-making, wood carving, focaccia bread and so much more, enjoyed by hundreds of pupils and young people from across Cornwall.
The annual event at Wadebridge’s Royal Cornwall Showground, organised by Cornwall Learning, showcases an extensive range of jobs across different sectors, with the opportunity to get hands-on and try out different careers.
As well as practical activities the event was also an opportunity to meet apprentices and talk to them about their experiences.
“I have come so far since I did my Apprenticeship,” said Adam (pictured above, left, with Richard from Gilbert & Goode), who has completed his carpentry Apprenticeship with Gilbert and Goode and now works helping other apprentices in their training. “The course taught me a wide range of practical carpentry skills and now I work full-time for the company on big projects all over Cornwall.”
As well as traditional Apprenticeships such as electrician, plumbing, hairdressing and chefs there were also representatives from the manufacturing sector, childcare, retail, information technology, health, law, accountancy and sport.
There was even a chance to meet Annabel the Cow and the team from Duchy College to talk about agriculture Apprenticeships.
The apprentice kitchen team from the Eden Project were on-hand to demonstrate making focaccia bread, with hands-on baking sessions run by apprentices throughout the two-day event.
The careers show was attended by over 3,500 young people from schools colleges and youth groups in Cornwall and planning is already underway for next year’s show.
The event is supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership through the European Social Fund, The Learning Partnership, Cornwall Apprenticeship Campaign, and the Children’s Trust, and is led by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.