Chiltern Chamber at Bucks Skills Show

Chiltern Chamber was glad to sponsor the Bucks Skills Show at University Campus Aylesbury Vale on Saturday 2nd July.

Organised by Chamber Committee member Jackie Campbell and her team at Bucks Skills Hub, this was an experiential careers day aimed at helping 14- to 19-year-olds choose careers, and understand how to achieve them.

There were many excellent stands manned by people keen to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for their sectors. Bucks Skills Hub tells us that there is a particular need in our area to encourage youngsters into the digital, healthcare and engineering sectors, in order to ensure continuing success for these local growth areas. (Interestingly, this was backed up at a subsequent talk to the Chamber by the government’s innovation agency Innovate UK, which noted that the two largest areas for support within the Bucks & Thames Valley LEP have been the digital and healthcare sectors).

The Chamber’s sponsorship helped facilitate the talk of ‘thrill engineer’ Professor Brendan Walker, whose career and inspiring talk demonstrated that a career in engineering can take you to exciting and unexpected places!

At the end of the day, awards were handed out, with the best sector stand going deservedly to Oxford Healthcare. There was considerable talk of how the concept could be rolled out further, for the benefit of more youngsters – perhaps even it could be made mobile? It may be hard to expect the extraordinary investment made by those representing their sectors too often, but we have no doubt that the inaugural Bucks Skills Show will be built upon.

Congratulations Jackie and the Bucks Skills Hub team!