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Skills London 2010 – Could you be the next Dragon?

BBC “Dragon”, Theo Paphitis, will launch the countdown to WorldSkills London 2011 by hosting the “Big Skills Debate” at this year’s Skills London 2010. The UK’s biggest skills and careers fair opens today (Thursday, 7 October) at London’s ExCel.

Whether a budding Jamie Oliver or the next Charlie Dimmock, the event, promoted by business organisation London First, will offer visitors the chance to test out new skills at over 150 interactive stands.

Over the next three days 50,000 young people from across the South East will be encouraged to “have a go” at cooking an omelette, riding a ‘racehorse’ or driving a Formula One car at the event as they move one step closer to choosing the right career for them. They will also be able to talk to employers, colleges and training providers.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive Chief Executive of business group and event organiser London First, said:

“It’s fun to test out your skills in Formula One, fashion or floristry, but Skills London has a serious purpose. It’s about transforming the lives of young people.

“Skills London 2010 will expose visitors to new ideas for their careers, in a dynamic and interactive way. If you don’t know whether a career in textiles or in tunnel engineering is for you, try it out on one of the stands, talk to those who made the same choice a few years ago. By helping young people to make the right choices for them, we and the many employers supporting this event are investing in London and in the UK’s future success.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Skills London 2010 is presented by London First and organized by Prospects Events. It is sponsored by London Development Agency and supported by WorldSkills London 2011.

2. WorldSkills is a global competition where young people from across the world compete to become the best of the best in 45 different skills.

3. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

4. London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent a quarter of London’s GDP.

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