Two of the crucial issues facing North East business; bridging the skills gap and stemming the brain drain from the region to London and other European Capital cities are two of the issues underpinning the inaugural CareerConnect fair being held at Newcastle High School for Girls on Thursday 4 Feb.

Over 30 businesses and individuals will be attending the event, which will combine a careers exhibition with break out seminars from companies and individuals from a diverse range of industry sectors all with business interests in the North East.

Among the big names attending the conference are Nissan, KPMG, Bond Dickinson, British Engines, Accenture, award winning marketing and creative communications company, everything Different, Global Media and Northern Stage.  All the companies attending are passionate about highlighting the careers opportunities in the region and will explain to those attending what skills sets are required for entry into their profession.

The aim of the event is to help the girls to explore the full range of career opportunities open to them and to highlight the diversity of the north east’s business sector – from leading gaming and software specialists, to traditional professional services like law, accountancy and financial services to the new creative industries that are well represented here in the North East.

Newcastle High hopes that events like CareerConnect will provide much needed opportunities to help the school play its part in identifying, understanding and helping to bridge the skills gap in the North East.

Several of the companies attending the event including Nissan and KPMG will be promoting the higher-level apprenticeship and graduate entry schemes that are on offer with their companies.

The CareerConnect Fair is the first event in a series that Newcastle High is launching to build strong relations with businesses in the North East.  For many of the companies attending, this will be the start of an on-going relationship with the school, which will be followed up with mentoring schemes, speaker events, and the offer of work placements with their companies.

Commenting on the CareerConnect evening, Hilary French, Headmistress of Newcastle High said:  “We support our girls in whatever career direction they choose to take – but along the way we want to expand their horizons and expose the girls to a wide range of career opportunities.  We may know what jobs are available in today’s market place but by talking to companies and exploring what is happening in different industries girls can look ahead to the opportunities that may be available in the future. The event will also showcase what’s happening here in the North East and demonstrate that the region’s brightest talent doesn’t have to leave the area to work with top companies and award winning businesses.”

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