Spotlight Talks will inspire young people of all backgrounds to consider technical and vocational routes, highlighting the opportunities and career pathways available.

During these tough times we must ensure that young people continue to have access to high-quality careers advice. That’s why we’re using this new digital climate to reach young people from across the UK, tackling vocational snobbery by providing inspirational careers advice for the benefit of young people, employers, and the UK economy.

This event will be broadcast live from 9am to 12pm on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March 2021.

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Spotlight Talks

Spotlight Talks

Please click on an icon to find out more about our Spotlight Talks taking place on the 24 and 25 March.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

24 March
9:10-9:30

Featuring:

  • hear directly from the project management and control technician Apprentices for Fire and Security about how vital they are to the industry
  • an opportunity to ask questions of the apprentices for fire and security

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Skills Champion Fraser Stewart tells us all about his career as an Installation Technician and how an apprenticeship got him there.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

24 March
9:45-10:15

Featuring:

  • Hear from a technical apprentice at the Science Council and what it is like to work within the sciences
  • an opportunity to ask questions of apprentices at the Science Council

 

Hear from an inspiring role model

24 March
10:20-10:40

Hear Ash Terron’s inspirational story working for some of biggest construction companies in the UK to now helping to regenerate the city centres of some of our biggest cities

Design and build

24 March
11:05-11:15

Meet our Skills Champion Kerris Boulton. Kerris’ career as an Industrial Electronics Apprentice has been going from strength to strength – why not be inspired by her story?

Engineering

24 March
11:30-12:00

Find out what it takes and means to be an engineer, plus how to earn as you learn!

There are many roles and career paths in a variety of industries that are open to engineers. Whether it is an impressive land based role or an extraordinary sea based role, come and hear what an engineer gets up to on and off duty.

Hear what life as an engineer is like, what roles and contacts are available and how to be part of a unique team. Engineers have skills that are industry wide recognized and an upwards career path. Find out what personal skills and traits are required and how to make a living as an engineer.

Logo of Royal Navy

Digital

25 March
9:10-9:30

Esports is a form of sport competition using video games – come and hear from the British Esports Association on the exciting vocational career pathways available in one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Digital

Hear from role model and Skills Champion Dan McCabe about his exciting career as a 3D Game designer. Dan will inspire students to think about this career route whilst conducting his very own skill demonstration!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

25 March
9:45-10:05

Hear how an apprenticeship with one of Britian’s leading pharmaceutical companies could kick start your career.

 

Digital

25 March
10:05-10:15

Join Yogi, Skills Champion, to hear about his career journey in setting up his own web design business! What are the skills needed to be successful?

Hear from an inspiring role model

25 March
10:20-10:40

Kimmy Kimani – Apprenticeship Advocate, BAME apprentice of the year and award, winning content creator – hear her breakdown the misconceptions around apprenticeships!

Public Services

25 March
10:45-11:05

Featuring:

  • come and hear directly from apprentices across the NHS
  • an opportunity to ask questions to apprentices across the NHS

Public Services

25 March
11:05-11:15

Skills Champion Nikita tells us what a difference she is making as a Neonatal Nurse and how an apprenticeship gave her the best start in her career.

Public Services

25 March
11:30-12:00

Find out more about how an apprenticeship with the Fire Services could be right for you.

A career in Public Services can be extremely rewarding, with everyone playing a vital part in keeping communities safe. Hear from the National Fire Chiefs Council about what is involved with being a firefighter.

 

Previous Spotlight Talks event

115,000

registrants

78%

of young people were inspired

79%

of educators are better able to advise students after attending

20

different inspiring speakers from a wide range of backgrounds

Watch the previous talks

Missed our last Spotlight Talks event in November 2020? You can still access all the amazing talks right here.

Spotlight Talks are a fantastic opportunity for young people of all ages, and especially during these difficult times. It was well received by all of our students, including one who produced his own computer programme after watching one of the talks.

Lisa Millward, Careers Lead at Erdington Academy

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