2017 Show Opening

Cllr Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills

Cllr Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills, said: “The city council is proud to be able to support this event.  Birmingham has a fantastically diverse population and one of our best attributes is that nearly 50% of our population are under the age of 30.  This gives us a great opportunity to influence the future workforce of our region and so apprenticeships are an important part of our talent strategy and Step Forward campaign, aimed at improving skills across the city.  We are keen to pass on the learning and skills we have in our current workforce, whilst harnessing the ideas, skills and attributes of our young people to making a difference for this city.   These are exciting times and there is great hope for our young people to prosper and grow in business, industry and technology organisations.  This event will showcase the offer Birmingham can make to an important national agenda.”