SkillsCymru, Wales’ largest ever careers and skills exhibition, is gathering pace with nearly 9,000 visitors already signed up for the three day event at the Millennium Stadium in September 2010.

The thousands of skill-seekers aged 14 and above have enlisted to join the largest ever careers and skills event that will help lift Wales from recession, according to First Minister Carwyn Jones at the launch at Cardiff’s most iconic building in January.

During September 16-18, the free to enter event will feature over 100 employers, colleges and training providers showcasing a range of interactive demonstrations in various disciplines including engineering, construction, retail, hospitality, cookery, sport and fitness.

The initiative is part of a major push by the Welsh Assembly Government, with the help of European Social Funding (ESF), to aid the country’s recovery from the economic downturn by preparing the population for a new higher-skilled era.

Organiser Andrew Coates, director of Prospects Events, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response from potential exhibitors, sponsors and visitors. We’ve got some great organisations on board but we’re still looking for others to take part. I’d urge employers and organisations throughout Wales to contact us to find out about the various options and benefits on offer to them.”

He added: “SkillsCymru will highlight that people’s willingness to pursue new careers and gain new skills will be crucial in helping them through the challenging economic climate. The event will help people to do something positive to boost their confidence and employment prospects in 2010 and beyond.”

To take part in the event, call 01278 454 545 or visit