Surrey Festival of Skills 2023

Skills Unleashed: 2023 Highlights

See the video showcasing the amazing skills and experiences from our 2023 Festival of Skills at Sandown Park Racecourse.

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Surrey Festival of Skills 2023

The first ever Surrey Festival of Skills took place in November 2023 and left hundreds of young people fired up about their futures.

More than 1,300 people from schools and colleges across Surrey attended the free one-day event, engaging with 70 exhibitors. Sectors represented included the creative arts, construction, cyber security, health and social care, technology, engineering, public sector, and hospitality.

Exhibitors included Samsung, British Airways, Pfizer, Haleon, BAE Systems, Animal & Plant Health Agency, NHS, armed forces and Surrey Fire & Rescue.

Star attractions on the day included a prototype supercar worth more than £2 million created by Guildford-based Gordon Murray Automotive and a robotic dog, which construction firm Balfour Beatty utilised on the M25 improvements and other major schemes.

In opening the 2023 event, Cllr Oliver said: “We have a vibrant, thriving, and diverse economy in Surrey, which generates roughly £50 billion a year for the UK.

With a skilled workforce, high business success rate and enviable location, there is huge potential to grow the economy of Surrey sustainably in years to come.

The single most important component to achieving that growth is the individual contributions of our workforce. It’s their talent, their ideas, their passion which makes organisations thrive and prosper.

That is why the Festival of Skills is so important. Because it provides opportunities for our local young people to experience, to connect, to be inspired about their future.”

Captured Moments: 2023 Gallery

Explore the visual highlights from our first ever Surrey Festival of skills.

“The Festival Of Skills Is So Important Because It Provides Opportunities For Our Local Young People To Experience, To Connect, To Be Inspired About Their Future.”

Councillor Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council


Meet the 2023 Exhibitors 

Explore the diverse 2023 lineup of over 70 exhibitors, including industry giants like SamsungBritish AirwaysPfizerHaleon, and BAE Systems. Public sector institutions, such as the Animal & Plant Health AgencyNHS, armed forces, and Surrey Fire & Rescue, that showcased their contributions.

2023 Exhibitors
Activate Learning HEON (Higher Education Outreach Network) Royal Air Force
Active Prospects Holiday Inn RSM
Active Surrey Home Office Samsung
Allianz I Choose Local Sell Electrical
Amazon Infopercept Space South Central
APHA Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Stanhope-Seta ltd.
Aspiring Prospects Jockey Club Catering (Compass) Surrey Charity Network
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence Kooth Surrey County Council
Balfour Beatty Lamplight Media Ltd SCC Surrey Adult Learning
Berkeley St Edward 6423942 MACE Surrey Cyber Security Cluster
Bright Horizons MCR Pathways Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
British Airways Metrobank Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership
Brooklands College MIT Skills Surrey Wildlife Trust
Building Futures (halow Project) MPCT (Learning Curve) Talanos Cybersecurity
Citizens Advice Elmbridge West National Physical Laboratory The Boileroom & New House Art Space
Connect2Surrey Naturally Talented Me The Eaves Counselling and Psychology
Defence Geographic Centre Nescot College The Power of Events
DPR Motorsport Orpheus Centre University for the Creative Arts
East Surrey College Pfizer University of Surrey
Elmbridge Borough Council Pick Everard Wates Group Services Ltd
Farnborough Aerospace Consortium Professional Training Solutions Weir Training
Galliford Try Ramsac WWF
Gatwick Airport Ltd Regency Grove Yunex Traffic
Gordon Murray Automotive Ltd
Haleon Ringway