Students from Bath and North East Somerset were invited to Writhlington School last week to attend the school’s Apprenticeship Fair.
The Fair celebrates the wealth of knowledge, expertise and opportunities available to students seeking a different path to employment, empowering them to forge their own path and make decisions about their future.
Aspiring apprentices had the chance to talk to a diverse range of employers, including British Gas, Advetec Global, ICON Training and Mulberry, gaining insight and tips on the application process.
HE and Careers Advisor Lindsey Sloman said:
We held our inaugural Apprenticeship Fair offering impartial careers advice to Key Stage 4 & 5 students from across the region. The evening was an enormous success with with over 30 exhibitors. The evening enabled students and their parents to see the vast array of opportunities available in the local community and beyond. The response for the event was fantastic and deemed a 'triumph' by both exhibitors and students.
The Government’s promise to kick-start a new initiative to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and protection of the scheme legally so that it is recognised as an alternative but equal path as Higher Education, has already increased the popularity of apprenticeships not only for young people but also employers.
Sixth Form student Charlotte Mason said:
It was a really informative evening and gave us the opportunity to explore all our options post Sixth Form. There was a real variety of stallholders, not trying to sell you their apprenticeship, but trying to share and advise what is available. The school are really supportive when it comes to helping make the right choice offering information evenings and taking us to open days and making sure we have a well rounded idea of what is available for us.’