A free exciting event which will enable youngsters looking for a steer in their careers to get insights and advice from big-name employers and inspiring start-ups is taking place in Borehamwood this month.Generation Hertsmere
, which is being organised by our Economic Development team, Hertsmere Works
, in collaboration with Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
and the Careers and Enterprise Company
, will enable youngsters who live or go to school in Hertsmere to meet and chat to representatives from Sky Studios Elstree, Tesco, Computacenter, the NHS and DoubleTree by Hilton, and a host of other businesses and entrepreneurs. The event will be taking place on Wednesday 16 November at DoubleTree by Hilton, off Barnet by-pass and will be open for young people from secondary schools and colleges, and their parents or carers, to attend from 4pm until 6pm.
It's the first time an event of this kind has taken place in the borough and is in line with our new economic development strategy. Facilitating a skilled local workforce and creating a fit for purpose labour market are among our key objectives to helping drive economic growth.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: "This is a real opportunity for youngsters from all backgrounds to actually meet and ask questions of some inspiring employers, the very people who are doing the jobs and in the professions they might one day like to fill.
"All the employers attending the fair will be more than happy to talk through what it's like to work where they do; the experience and qualifications you need to get into their industry and how their jobs have changed or might change in the future.
"I'm so delighted to see we have a huge mix of employers attending from across a wide range of sectors, including construction, health and social care, film and media, hospitality and tourism, life sciences, sport and leisure and public services.
"I would urge anyone with children who live or go to secondary school in the borough to bring them along to this fantastic event. It will certainly help open up their minds to the possibilities of their futures."
Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel, said: “Generation Hertsmere will shine the spotlight on the abundance of jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities that the county has to offer our young people.
"This is the seventh Generation event Hertfordshire LEP has held to date, with past events introducing over 3,250 students, parents and carers to the exciting diversity of employers on their doorstep.
“These events play a crucial role in providing opportunities for local people, enabling employers to strengthen their relationship with local schools and colleges to develop their future talent pipeline.
“Supporting this is our careers portal, HOP (www.hopinto.co.uk), which connects employers to local talent and provides a vast bank of advice and resources to guide young people into careers they love. We urge everyone to visit HOP today.”
Producer/Director Rob Finlay will be among the employers with a stand on the day. Rob will be offering advice on how to pursue a career in filmmaking, photography and animation production.
Rob said: "I'm just delighted to be able to attend this fair and help support and encourage future filmmakers on the road to their own ventures.
"Film production is a demanding business, but one which offers huge rewards in terms of job satisfaction and personal development, as well as challenges.
"For any young people interested in a career in film, TV or video production I will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on the day".
To find out more go to the Generation Hertsmere webpage. No need to book in advance. Just turn up on the day.
Posted on Tuesday 1st November 2022