28 February 2015

Skills Minister John Hayes today gave his backing to a campaign to create a million opportunities for people across the UK to learn new skills in 2011.

WorldSkills London 2011 organisers are encouraging schools, colleges and businesses to organise ‘Have a Go’ events that demonstrate the range of skills training opportunities that are on offer to local people.

As part of the official countdown to the WorldSkills London 2011 Competition, the world’s largest skills competition, Have a Go is an unprecedented initiative that will allow people to gain hands-on experience in skills – from car maintenance to hairdressing to landscape gardening.

John Hayes, said: “Practical skills are as important as academic qualifications. Britain’s success will depend on our ability to create a new generation of world class craftsmen, designers and technicians. Have a Go is an excellent opportunity for people from all walks of life to be inspired by the possibilities of vocational education. I hope every local community hosts an event.

The Government’s skills strategy, with more funding for apprenticeships and higher standards for training providers, will help individuals and companies gain the skills they need to succeed.”

Current planned Have a Go events include: the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, the British Touring Car Championship events and UKSkills Competition finals.

Organisations interested in organising WorldSkills London 2011 Have a Go activities are encouraged to download a range of free materials to help them to plan, organise and run activities in their local area by visiting the WorldSkills website.

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Skills for Growth

The National Skills Strategy sets out a pathway to achieving a bold new ambition for three quarters of the population to go to university or get an advanced technical qualification by the age of 30. The government is asking you to support young people through this difficult economic time.

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How you can back young Britain.

Although times are tough, we can all play a part. Organisations are being asked to commit to one or more of the following:

  • Offer volunteer places or become a volunteer mentor for school or university leavers
  • Provide work experience opportunities
  • Offer internships to graduates, 18 year olds and non-graduates
  • Consider a young person for a job through a work trial
  • Supply apprenticeship opportunities for 16-24 year olds
  • Bid for one of the 100,000 jobs for young people from the Future Jobs Fund Engage in a Local Employment Partnership

Find out more about all of the things that your organisation can do today