Council’s event attracts hundreds of aspiring apprentices
Over 800 young people and their families were able to find out more about apprenticeship and training opportunities at the Council’s fifth annual apprenticeship event yesterday (12 March).
Nine of the Council’s own apprentices volunteered at the event as ‘Apprenticeship Ambassadors’, sharing their personal experiences and knowledge with those who attended.
Two local residents, identical twin brothers Josh and Charlie Sampson, attended the Council’s apprenticeship event last year and found out about apprenticeship vacancies with infrastructure services company FM Conway. A year later and the twins were back at the event, this time helping out as FM Conway’s Apprenticeship Ambassadors.
More than 50 different employers, training or college providers and universities were on hand to talk to people about different apprenticeship opportunities, including traineeships, higher and degree apprenticeships.
Stallholders included Moat Housing, Thames Water, Graham Webb International Hairdressing, MiddletonMurray, Oxleas NHS, Transport for London, the British Army and many more.
Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr John Fuller said: “Our annual apprenticeship event is just one way we show our commitment to skills and employment. Over 800 attended yesterday, making it our biggest apprenticeship event yet. It was fantastic to see just how many people turned out to see what’s on offer in Bexley and are considering an apprenticeship as a platform to getting into their desired careers.”
Bexley’s Director of Children’s Services Jacky Tiotto tweeted in the early stages of the event: “600 and more parents, carers and young people here this evening to be inspired about apprenticeships. As ever, best organised event I attend. Young people interested and wanting high standards! #theirfuture.”
The event follows National Apprenticeship Week last week, which celebrates the success of apprenticeships while encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to their desired career.
For information on apprenticeship opportunities in Bexley visit Jobs and careers.
Pictured: Conway Apprentices Charlie (left) and Josh Sampson (right) with Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr John Fuller. The Council’s nine Apprenticeship Ambassadors with former apprentice Emma Hambrook, Vocational Learning Officer.