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32,500 Londoners can’t be wrong! Skills London, a rip-roaring success

With 45,000 jobs and apprenticeships on offer across 200 exhibitors, covering some 20 sectors from construction to finance to tech, mixed with expert and hands-on careers advice, it was no wonder 32,500 young Londoners and their teachers and families visited Excel over two days to experience Skills London.

As the UK’s largest jobs and careers fair, which London First has run since 2005, there is no other event of this scale that provides such a credible and exciting opportunity for employers and education institutions to engage young Londoners eager to take their next step after school.

The Mayor of London kicked off Skills London with a panel discussion with school students and employers, centring on recent key research undertaken by London First (as featured in the Evening Standard).

We surveyed some 600 young Londoners about their career hopes and expectations, and positively, the results revealed surging optimism on the part of London’s school leavers about the chances of landing their ideal job – and a hefty pay packet – after several torrid years for youth employment prospects.

Almost half expect to be earning more than £40,000 after five years of work, whereas the average earnings for someone 22-29-years-old and in full time work in the UK is currently £21,196. (ONS statistics). And encouragingly, rather than the fame-hungry reality TV wannabes they are often unfairly painted out to be, young Londoners but would rather be medics, software developers and engineers.

To find out how you can be part of Skills London 2015, contact Mark Hilton

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