Furness SkillsFest is an annual free event with exhibitors from education, business and youth organisations including BAE, Siemens, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Furness College and many more. You can discover the range of opportunities available to young people in Furness (and beyond!) and the skills needed to get you there!
Furness Skills Fest 2020
January 25th 2020 at The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness
Schools will be contacted in September to arrange assembly slots leading up to SkillsFest 2020.
To book your exhibitor place and showcase your business or industry to the young minds of the future use please contact
In 2018 over 4000 young people, parents and members of the public attended the premier careers event for Furness on Saturday 24th February.
With over 50 exhibitors to choose from in areas from business, education, universities and youth organisations the event had a great atmosphere with people of all ages coming to learn more about the opportunities available to them.
‘Today has confirmed that I do want to go to Oxford more than I did yesterday… I will use what I have learned to try and apply there’
Skills Fest Evaluation Comments 2018
Guest speaker sessions were held throughout the day from Key Note Speaker Andrew Bernard, BAE Systems, and Oxford university. These were a hit with young people and their parents with some attending more than one (some even attending the BAE session twice!) and queues waiting to attend.
Big organisations such as BAE and GSK were in attendance with interactive activities for people of all ages to take part in and new organisations including DW Sports, MHI Vestas and Halifax were in attendance this year to showcase the opportunities in the area.
The event was supported by Kick Start pupils from Furness Academy who acted as Skills Experts on the day which including giving tours of the event to MP John Woodcock and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bill McEwan.
You can here what our Skills Experts Ellie and Hannah had to say here:
MP John Woodcock attended the event and gave a speech on how inspiring it was to see so many young people at the event and the range of opportunities available in Cumbria. You can view his speech on our YouTube channel: