UK-wide employers have joined forces with Midlands-based universities to launch the UK’s biggest careers event of its kind to inspire the next generation of technicians in science, technology and the creative arts.
Led by MI TALENT, a programme to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers, TechxFest is being delivered in partnership with the University of Derby with support from MP Amanda Solloway, who launched the Research England funded project.
The event will bring together hundreds of industry partners on 2nd March 2023 at Derby Arena to encourage around 500 Year 9 and 10 students from the East Midlands to consider a future technical career path.
Mark Jefferies, Chief of University Research Liaison at Rolls-Royce said: “Technical expertise and a strong, diverse cohort of talent are essential to Rolls-Royce’s success. We’re delighted to be supporting TechxFest […]. We’re particularly thrilled it is being hosted here in the Midlands and we look forward to meeting our potential technical talent of the future.”
The University of Derby, University of Nottingham, Rolls-Royce and Nestlé Waters will be amongst the exhibiting employers at the event.
Kelly Vere, University Director of Technical Strategy at the University of Nottingham, said: “Technicians play a vital role in all aspects of society, yet the technical profession suffers from a lack of visibility and recognition. Career opportunities are often not promoted or well known, which is something we’re committed to influencing through increased knowledge, developing partnerships and initiatives.
“TechxFest is one way that TALENT is helping to inspire the next generation of technicians through outreach activities that engage young people. This event creates a platform for employers to plug future skills gaps and generate a pipeline of new technical talent working within research, innovation, teaching and knowledge exchange roles.”
Derby North MP Amanda Solloway said: “It is vital to inspire the next generation of technicians whose ingenuity, creativity and determination will help shape our society. These skilled professionals are needed in almost every industry and it is today’s young people that will help ensure our changing world develops for the better.
“TechxFest promises to connect that burgeoning talent with the very best educators and the leading industries, harnessing their potential and building an exciting new generation of technical talent.”
TechxFest takes place at Derby Arena on 2nd March 2023, 09:30-15:00. Find out more here.