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Inspiring young minds at The Skills Show 2016

FULCRO inspired the next generation of architects, engineers and construction experts at The Skills Show 2016 in Birmingham.

The show is the largest skills apprenticeships and careers event in the country and attracted nearly 80,000 visitors from 17 to 19 November at Birmingham NEC. Thousands of young people with parents and teachers came along in search of career advice, inspiration and hands-on experiences at the highly interactive exhibition.

FULCRO, which is part of the Fulcro Group, hopes to attract the brightest and best talent to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries and the Skills Show was a great opportunity to showcase the careers on offer. Visitors to the stand could experience the groundbreaking FULmax product range. They tried out the new immersive interactive FULmax CUBE, a BIM ‘CAVE’ and the latest virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, whilst discovering how exciting developments like these are changing the future of building technology in the AEC sector. 

James Weston, FULCRO Operations Director, said: “We are very grateful to Dudley College for giving us the opportunity to share their stand. It gave us the chance to reach out to the next generation and get them involved and excited about the industry.”“We had a great turn out with a huge number of youngsters visiting the stand and trying out the new FULmax virtual and augmented reality products. They were really interested in the technologies and were eager to find out how they could get involved in the AEC sector.” FULCRO had the opportunity to be at the event thanks to Dudley College, a valued partner, which hosted the stand at the show. Members of the Fulcro Group, including Metz Architects, are working together with the college using our BIM modelling and visualisation expertise on the Dudley College Advance II project, the world’s first Integrated Insurance Project (IPI).

The Skills Show exhibition covered five industry sectors across a vast area the size of ten football pitches. The sectors included construction, infrastructure, engineering and technology. These were divided into zones where employers and professionals came together to give the young visitors an insider’s view on the world at work.Local and national employers exhibiting at the show included Jaguar Land Rover, HS2, NHS Careers, IBM and the BBC. The show also hosted the WorldSkills UK National Finals, featuring 50 competitions in skills ranging from aeronautical engineering to catering to carpentry.