For the first time, this year’s Jersey Skills Show has been extended to a five-day event and will be brought to schools and Islanders virtually.

The Show – which runs from Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October and is sponsored by PwC – will bring together more than 60 exhibitors from 17 different industry sectors.

Organisers have changed the format of the annual event, which has previously been held on just one day, due to Covid-19 restrictions as well as based on feedback from schools which requested additional flexibility so they could schedule in times that suited them.

This year, students will be able find out more about different industries and careers by logging onto the new Jersey Skills Show website to access live industry career sessions. During these lunch-time sessions, students will hear directly from employers as well as being able to ask any questions they may have live.

Islanders considering a career change will also be able to join a live industry session with leading local experts, on Thursday 15 October from 5.30 pm until 8.00 pm.

The Jersey Skills Show website, which will be available all year round as a career guide resource for students and Islanders, includes exhibitor pages with information about different sectors as well as industry videos featuring behind the scenes tours and insights into various jobs. The website also includes CV and interview tips along with downloadable resources such as quizzes and competitions.

Throughout the week as well as in future careers lessons, secondary schools will organise research sessions with students in a range of year groups.

The Assistant Minister for Education, Deputy Jeremy Maçon, said: “The Jersey Skills Show is an important part of the academic calendar as it enables young people to make sound decisions on their future careers and the many options available to them.

“I must extend my congratulations to the Skills Jersey team who have worked to create an unmissable event and a brilliant, engaging website. I would urge all students, as well as those Islanders who are considering a career change, to take advantage of the live sessions to find out more about what different industries can offer.”

Abigail McDermott, head of marketing for PwC, said: “For some years now, PwC have supported the Jersey Skills Show and this year we are really delighted to extend this support as sole sponsor of the event, as it’s delivered virtually to schools and Islanders.

“Now more than ever, virtual events are a great way to explore career options and we are really excited to see the line-up that the Jersey Skills team have created. At PwC, nurturing talent and helping equip young people with the digital skills needed for their professional careers are high priorities for us so we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on this exciting, virtual initiative.”