Bright futures forecast for students at Bucks Skills Show by BBC Weather presenters

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The following is a press release from the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Learning Enterprise Partnership:

Bright futures forecast for students at Bucks Skills Show

Students are gearing up to discover a career they will love at this year’s Bucks Skills Show on Saturday 14 October 2017 at The Gateway, Aylesbury, from 9.30am to 3pm.

John Hammond and Sara Thornton, familiar faces on BBC Weather who have now set up their new ‘weather trending’ blogging business, will be two of the many inspirational guest speakers talking about their career journeys – sharing top tips to help young people explore their options and work out how to get there.

The meteorologists and entrepreneurs, who are realising the huge appetite that people have for jargon-free, relevant weather information to help inform their lifestyle choices, commented: “We’re forecasting bright futures for all students who are motivated to attend the Bucks Skills Show on 14 October. A fine day is expected, with a diverse range of local and international employers on hand to answer questions and give advice. Give young people you know a clear start to discovering their careers and bring them along.”

Organised by Buckinghamshire Skills Hub, part of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s largest skills and careers event is an interactive experience offering plenty of activities to get students involved. It’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers from a range of sectors, including GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, Thames Valley Police, Sky, Heathrow, John Lewis, Volkswagen, the Royal Marines, Champneys, Tesco, McAfee, Oracle and Aldi.

All young people 14+ years old, their parents and carers and teachers are invited to attend the free event.

Register now to secure your place. Google ‘Bucks Skills Show 2017’ then simply click on ‘book free tickets’ when you get to

For more information, or if you are a business wanting to shape the workforce of the future, email or visit


Photo caption: John Hammond and Sara Thornton, familiar faces on BBC Weather, will be two of the many inspirational guest speakers at this year’s Bucks Skills Show.

Note to editors

Press reporters and photographers are very welcome to attend the Bucks Skills Show – please contact Richard Burton on 01494 927160 if you wish to attend.

The aim of BTVLEP’s Skills Hub – one of the first LEPs to develop such a hub – is to make a difference to young people’s employability while addressing the needs of employers. In Bucks, the level of employer engagement activity in schools can vary from school to school, and the Buckinghamshire Skills Hub is working to ensure all schools have access to effective and impactful employer interactions.

In order to help young people gain the valuable, constructive, rewarding work experience required, the Bucks Skills Hub has launched WANNABE ( where employers can post opportunities for young people to apply for. The site provides extensive information, guidance, a careerometer tool to explore earning potential and career prospects, as well as work experience, apprenticeship and part/full time job vacancies. Young people can look for work experience opportunities which are in line with their ambitions, rather than perhaps spending time at their parents’ place of work or finding placements via their parents’ network. There is a broad range of opportunities for young people to apply for.

The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) is a business-led ‘partnership of equals’ between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the County. Formed in January 2012, the partnership balances a uniquely strong collective business voice with a cohesive elected local leadership. Coming together to engineer the conditions needed to drive forward business prosperity in the county and beyond, BTVLEP recognises that an important part of this is to support education and skills providers and employers to ensure our young people have the right skills to meet the needs of the economy, including the growth sectors such as life-sciences, space, creative industries and advanced engineering.

Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), is the Growth Hub for Buckinghamshire and is backed by Buckinghamshire based entrepreneurs, thousands of SMEs and Local Authorities.  BBF provides the link between public policy and the business community in Buckinghamshire and works with partners to create a dynamic business environment in the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain.