EventCity, Manchester
29 & 30 March 2017
The Greater Manchester Skills, Careers and Apprenticeships Show


What's on

Alongside the great employers, the event had a full line up of activities to make sure visitors gained maximum enjoyment and benefit from their visit.

Show Features

WorldSkills UK Competitions

WorldSkills UK competitions helped young people to develop world-class skills and improve standards in industry. During the Choices show, students from colleges in the Greater Manchester Colleges Group took part in ten specially-designed skills competitions which identified the region’s most talented young people across a range of skills key to regions growing success. Set at the heart of Choices, these competitions inspired and engaged students visiting the event and motivated them to explore where skills competitions could take them.

Skills Stage

A platform where employers, colleges and training providers had the chance to showcase their organisations’ opportunities, or to provide greater insight into what they have to offer. Ranging from dance routines and live acoustic performances to cookery demonstrations and first aid displays, the Skills Stage provided a great focal point for our visitors.

Careers Zone

A dedicated area housing careers advisers and other experts offering one to one advice and guidance on topics including apprenticeships, CVs, employability skills and applications.

The Staff Room

The Staff Room was a dedicated space for teachers, careers and education professionals where they could network, share best practice and get up to date careers information to benefit their employer and their own continuing professional development (CPD). Alongside a packed seminar programme, a host of resources and advice were available to help those providing careers guidance to share new ideas and approaches.

Employers, colleges and training providers

A wide range of employers, colleges and training providers, including some of Britain’s leading business, as well as training providers, colleges and other experts, demonstrated what they did best and discussed the opportunities they have on offer for young people. Helping visitors understand what employers are looking for in their employees and how they could get involved in the opportunities they had available. The activities on offer were run by experts, apprentices or students from the companies who shared their experiences and told visitors about their own career journeys.

Have a go skills activities

Highly interactive stands that highlighted the top five key sectors gave visitors the opportunity to try different skills and careers to see what they are good at and what they enjoyed.

Activities included a Science & Technology Have a Go with experiments, thermal imaging cameras and an exploration into how technology is incorporated into the items we use in our everyday life, through to a Catering & Hospitality Have a Go with mocktail making, canapé demonstrations, timed napkin challenge and cake decorating.

Spotlight Talks

Spotlight talks provided an opportunity to learn from real people doing real jobs about their careers, how they got started and what is involved on a day to day basis. This gave visitors the opportunity to plot their career route into the construction and engineering industries, find out if sport is their future, or discover how to make a career in music a reality.

Learning Experiences

Working models and activities on different exhibition stands around the event. They helped visitors understand what different colleges, training providers, employers and organisations are offering. The activities were run by experts, apprentices or students from the companies who shared their experiences and told visitors about their own career journeys.



Choices is a partnership event brought to you by the Careers and Enterprise Company, WorldSkills UK, Prospects and key organisations in Greater Manchester.