London Array at West Kent Skillsfest

Hundreds of schoolchildren had the opportunity to learn first hand about careers in the offshore wind sector when London Array took part in the West Kent Skillsfest on Wednesday, 9 October.

Organised by EBP Kent, the county’s education business partnership, the event at the River Centre in Tonbridge attracted more than 1,400 students and 70 exhibitors.

Visitors were able to learn about a range of industries from Logistics to Healthcare and Robotics to Agriculture.

Exhibiting alongside London Array were companies as diverse as Microsoft, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and beauty experts Coty, all helping students gain a better understanding of the future employment options open to them.

“It was a great day and very busy,” said Charlotte Prett, who ran the London Array stand. “We were delighted to take part and to let Kent schoolchildren know more about the offshore wind sector and the broad range of career opportunities that it offers.”

John Tranter from EBP Kent added: “This was the fifth year for the Skillsfest and it is remarkable to see how impressively employers continue to raise their game. Two giant exhibition areas were awash with activity as the worlds of these exciting industries came to life, via high-tech equipment and a wealth of information.

“The West Kent Skillsfest demonstrated that the next generation of the UK’s work force are eager to learn and develop their skills. With so many employers leading the way, it can only point to an extremely bright future for the students who attended and an assurance that Kent will continue to produce some very gifted industry leaders.”