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SKILLS 30 : 30



Finding appropriately skilled staff is the biggest challenge to business growth. With more than one million unfilled job openings across the UK 

We’re working with the Government to make it easier for small businesses to get involved in inspiring young people about apprenticeships and the world of work.

In Kent, we offer a practical way for businesses to engage with education through Skills 30:30.

In this two-hour event, businesses hear from a local authority and relevant recruitment groups, while students take part in an employment-related workshop. Then both groups get together for facilitated speed-networking.

Join in to find out about local developments AND share your business advice and expertise with students.


For Business

1 hour Networking & Presentations

News Update

Kent Supported Employment Team

Enterprise Advisor Network

For Students

1 hour workshop

Paul Andrews – on skills employment careers & future of work

How to present yourself at work

How to stand out in your new job

Use LinkedIn to your advantage ( presented by LinkedIn)

Business & Students

40 Minutes facilitated Networking

10 minutes free networking

For information email [email protected]

These events are held  in association with &  Business Bunker Radio Show

More than 4,000 students from 32 schools in Kent & Medway have now been through the program.

“We have held two  30/30 events at the our School during 2019. Approximately 60 of our pupils from a range of year groups have enjoyed highly inspiring talks from keynote speakers about how to make that first break into the world of work. For many of our students it is quite a daunting and an often unexpected leap from the comfort of the classroom to the interview panel and their advice is hugely beneficial to helping the students to develop the right mindset for being ready to enter the job market. The networking event is an equally powerful experience with students and businesses connecting to share their big ideas for themselves and advice on how to turn that into a reality. The FSB 30/30 event was voted as the most popular careers event held at the  School in 2019. We can’t wait for the next opportunity to open our doors to more local businesses”.
Principle Kent School
“This has been amazing”. “It’s so nice people are interested in what I want to do in future and to help me make good choices  
Student King Ethelbert’s School 

Thank you for the 30:30 event  today. The pupils loved it and were keen to tell me about it at lunchtime! I hope that are inspired to think about what their futures may be.

Assistant Headteacher,

Personal Development.

Student feedback

“I was not sure what I could gain before I came. But gained such great feedback. Not just generic but to me personally. It was so much more than expected and I was completely comfortable with those I spoke to. They were amazing”.

“It’s been so good to meet professionals whose career paths have taken turns and gone different directions – it’s shown me what’s possible after university”.







Event Calender 

Hayesbrook School 

Date and time :January 11th 2023 9-11am
Brook St, Tonbridge, TN9 2PH

School website 


Please email [email protected] with 3030 in subject line and we will provide full details 

King Ethelbert School

March 30th at 9-11am

Can­ter­bury Road, Birch­ing­ton, Kent, CT7 9BL

School website 


This is a special event  focusing on careers in Health & Social Care 

There will be a talk on behalf of NHS about careers in health and social care for students 


There will be a talk to business attendees on the work of Employment Ambassadors mentoring students 

and a  talk on the future of employment and careers 


Meet at reception at 8:50 , refreshments will be provided 


Directions can be found on the school website here School website 


Please email [email protected]  If you would like to take part


The Wye School


Date and time May 10th

11:00 until 1:30 

Wye School
Kempe Centre
Olantigh Road
Wye TN25 5EJ


School website 


Please email [email protected]  If you would like to take part


Walderslade Girls School

May 15th 10:00am until 12:30

Walderslade Girls’ School
Bradfields Avenue,

School website


Please email [email protected]  If you would like to take part


St George’s School


September 21st 9:00-11:30 am


St George’s School

Westwood Road,
CT10 2LH


School website 



The programme for the morning is as follows:

  • 9.00am – 10am   : students take part in skills and employability workshop.
  • 9.30am – 10am   : people from industry arrive for registration, networking and briefing session.
  • 10.00am – 11am : speed networking bringing students and people from industry together. 

The networking session helps students build their confidence giving them experience to develop conversations in a safe environment and enables them to meet a wide range of people from varying business environments.


To book attend this Skills 30:30 event please via this link –


If unable to book online, please email [email protected] stating:

  • Your name
  • Organisation
  • Job role

Hartsdown Academy


October 18th 9:00-11:30


Hartsdown Academy
George V Ave

School website


Oasis Academy 


Date to be confirmed 


Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
West Campus
Marine Parade,
Sheerness ME12 2BE
School website

Canterbury Christchurch University

We are inviting you to inspire and prepare students at Canterbury Christ Church University for the world of work.Venue : Canterbury Christ Church University, St Augustine’s HouseDate   : Wednesday 21st February 2024Time  : 3.00pm – 5.00pm.

No parking onsite. Pay and display car parks available nearby.Skills 30:30 invites up to 30 people from industry and voluntary sector to engage directly with students through a facilitated speed networking and employability workshop. This skills event will engage with up to 60 students age 18+ on under and post graduate degree programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The networking session helps students build their confidence giving them experience to develop conversations in a safe environment and enables them to meet a wide range of people from varying business environments.Register to attend Skills 30:30 – more information or queries please email  Paul  [email protected] or  [email protected]   


University Website







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