Lantra Sector Skills Council attended the successful Skills London 2010 careers event at London’s ExCel centre from 7 to 9 October with KEITS, one of the country’s premier private training providers specialising in Apprenticeships and NVQs.
Teenagers aged 14 to 19 discovered more about the of the multitude of careers, training schemes, educational options and skills opportunities available to them.
Chris Catchpole, sector entry and careers manager at Lantra, said: “Skills London was interactive, exciting and fun and was the perfect place for us to interact with young people, their parents, carers and teachers. With the help of KEITS, we showcased the large variety of career options available in the sector. It was a great experience to interact with a whole host of visitors.”
The land-based and environmental sector has, in the past, suffered from a lack of accessible and accurate careers information and many misconceptions have arisen as a result of this.This is something Lantra is keen to address, as Chris explains: “The sector is not all about muddy wellies, unsocial hours and manual labour. There is actually a whole range of exciting jobs available from caring for animals and wildlife to managing the home turf of football clubs or looking after the planet in environmental conservation.
“We have just launched a new careers website to combat any misconceptions while offering essential careers information and the latest industry information. Our new site enables everyone to access services that are accurate, helpful and relevant.”
Jamie Stevenson, director of contracts and business development at KEITS, joined Lantra on the exhibition stand. KEITS gave demonstrations in floristry skills, including button hole making, and equine skills, with hands-on demonstrations in building horse bridles, to eager event goers.
Jamie said: “The three day event went very well and I really enjoyed it. I think that it‘s really important to interact with young people as it gives them an insight not only into the sector but into the training provision KEITS provides. I wanted to show that the land-based sector is an exciting place to have a career and that KEITS is a great private training provider, which offers learning programmes available to all.”
Chris concludes: “I think that the sector needs really well-rounded and well-informed people and so that’s why attending this event was essential for us to highlight our new website and emphasise potential career choices to young people.”
To find out more about careers in the land-based and environmental sector, visit www.lantra.co.uk/careers or email email@example.com. To find out more about KEITS, visit www.keits.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01923 854 586.