Over the course of the project almost 60 teachers and careers advisors from almost 30 schools participated in Chamber run events which were hosted at a number of different employer sites, covering not only St Helens but the neighbouring areas of Widnes, Runcorn and the Wirral. Not only did employers talk about their skills needs and entry routes to the range of occupations available but many also went on to offer work placements and work experience for young people. Many were also keen to offer workplace visits to schools.
Teachers and careers advisors taking part in the project were amazed by the range of employers and opportunities the local region offered, from high tech manufacturing at Pilkington Float Glass, to building the Sir Richard Attenborough Research Ship at Cammell Laird to digital media and cloud computing at Zut Media and AIMES Digital Storage Centre. Many reported a greater understanding of the routes into employment from technical/vocational qualifications and apprenticeships as well as traditional degree courses.