Looking to spread the word about the many opportunities in the saddlery industry, the Society of Master Saddlers recognised a fantastic opportunity to inspire future generations when attending the Ormiston Sheffield Academy careers fair in Walsall.
The day was a tremendous success, with more than 1,200 students, aged between 13 and 18-years, attending and learning about potential careers.
Advice was provided by Catherine Morris of the Society of Master Saddlers, Fellow of the SMS, Frank Baines and Nikki Newcombe of Bliss of London.
The team were on hand to provide careers support to those young people considering working in the saddlery industry.
Frank brought along two of his saddles to show the level of craftsmanship that can be achieved when dedicating your career to it.
Nikki attended with one of her apprentices, Matt Clover, who is an ex-pupil of Ormiston Sheffield Academy.
Following on from this successful day, the Academy will be working with the Society of Master Saddlers to arrange a talk for those students who are especially interested in a saddlery career, as well as for those studying design, art and textiles.
Said Catherine: â€œThe day provided a great opportunity for us to talk to youngsters thinking about their future jobs and to explain just what amazing careers there are in the saddlery industry.
Recognising the importance of inspiring these youngsters, we are also looking to attend another Academy careers fair in the near future as well as working with an organisation that supports unemployed young people.â€