The free, two day event takes place from 24 September and will
see around 6,000 visitors attend to get inspiration about their
future career direction.
Hands-on interactive features will give young people a taste of
different occupations, plus education skills providers will be
gathered under one roof to provide information, advice and guidance
about training courses and qualifications.
Northumberland College will have information about the hundreds of
courses that are available from its campuses, which range from
Entry Level to Foundation Degree and include Apprenticeships. The
college will also engage with young people, teachers and parents
with a jungle-themed display.
The display will feature snakes, a scorpion, spiders and a tenrec
from the college's Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens at its Kirkley
Hall Campus based in Ponteland.
The zoo has gone from strength to strength since opening in May
2011 and received praise in the college's latest Ofsted inspection
for being a unique and outstanding facility. Students that study at
the college's Kirkley Hall Campus may choose courses in
agriculture, animal care, arboriculture, countryside management,
equine, horticulture, outdoor education and veterinary
Typical career progression opportunities for successful students
include those within animal care, estates management, garden
design, activity team leadership and veterinary.
The zoo provides just one of the college's many real-working
environments that enable students to receive realistic vocational
training. College staff will also be on hand to outline other
industry-standard facilities available at its campuses, which
include an equestrian centre, two commercially run farms, art,
fashion and graphics studios, large construction and engineering
workshops, restaurant, professional kitchens, hair and beauty
salons and a replica aircraft.
The college, which is rated within the top ten per cent in England
and is rated grade two by Ofsted is also investing £9m in new
facilities at its Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses over the next
Anyone who wants to find out more about the North Skills careers
event should visit either the Northumberland College website at
www.northumberland.ac.uk or the organisers website at www.northeastskills.co.uk