Levelling Up projects

Gulliver’s Skill City

Project: Gulliver’s Skill City development scheme
Investment: £1 million

Improvements at a glance

  • Creation of an immersive careers experience / employment skills centre
  • Skill Street – where career skills can be learned through play
  • Building relationships with schools and colleges children and young people will be engaged
  • Businesses will be key to the delivery of this project creating mock working environments for visitors to explore

Details of proposal

Skill City is an immersive and innovative careers experience developed to inspire and inform children, young people, and adults from across the South Yorkshire region.

Based on the site of the UK’s newest Theme Park, Gulliver’s Valley, Skill City will transform the way the region delivers careers training for schools with this new hands-on approach to developing and growing and honing skills.

This interactive training centre will be delivered by a partnership between Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park, Workwise Foundation and The Source, creating a Centre of Excellence in training from retail to construction and from hospitality to manufacturing.

Skill City will:

  • Inspire - Young people will be shown the amazing career opportunities available in the South Yorkshire area. This will be delivered by a team of edutainers who will bring the opportunities to life and showcase the variety of careers on offer
  • Immerse - From primary age upwards children will be able to experience the wonderful world of work in a fun and interactive way through business-driven role play attractions
  • Inform - Individuals and families will be able explore the great opportunities for careers and training in the region in a relaxed and informal careers community café
  • Innovate - A creative environment will allow careers training to flourish at all levels from school leavers to business leaders in the leadership academy through to returners to work

Skill City will be a game changer for the pipeline of employment in the region, switching young people on to careers across all sectors with its immersive street filled with businesses enabling learning by role play for all ages.

Children and young people will be able to walk into a business and learn about the different roles and skills needed to work in that sector – all through play, practice and performance.