More than 150 pupils from eight schools across Nottinghamshire had the opportunity to find out about the benefits of apprenticeships at our Apprenticeship Fair today (7th March 2018).
The event, which was held to inform young people about the career progression routes that are available through jobs with training, forms part of National Apprenticeship Week (5 -9 March 2018). National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Jane Nutt, Senior School and Events Officer at Nottingham College said:
"We run this event every year to help celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. It's really important for young people to be armed with enough information about the range of qualifications and opportunities on offer to them, so that they can make informed decisions about their futures.
“It is fantastic that we are supported by a range of key Nottingham employers who really helped to make the event a success. Apprenticeships are a real growth area that we need to showcase, to promote and to alleviate any misconceptions. "
Held at the college’s Ruddington Centre, school learners were able to take part in hands-on activities connected with apprenticeships and discover more about a variety of different sector areas such as courses in Automotive, Business Administration, Childcare, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Hair and Beauty, Science and Sport.
Sixteen year old Lana Wallace from West Bridgford School, who is hoping to work within health and social care sciences said:
“I am so pleased that I came today, as it has given me a much better understanding of being an apprentice and what the route involves. I was thinking of getting into midwifery and after speaking to the friendly and helpful staff from the college, I feel that an apprenticeship within health and social care would be ideal for me, possibly opening doors to many roles!”
Fifteen year old Khalsa Landa from the same school has ambitions of getting into politics and possibly becoming an MP. He said:
“Attending today was definitely worthwhile. Not only did I learn more about the value of being an apprentice as a whole but after spending time discussing my options with representatives from Freeths, I am seriously considering getting into law through an apprenticeship route.”
Interactive demo and activities included STEM and construction challenges, virtual welder experiences and an Aston Martin on display. Current Nottingham College apprentices also gave presentations to provide a real life insight into life as an apprentice and key local employers joined the event to talk to pupils about opportunities in their companies including Freeths, Solutions For Accountancy, Hollies Day Nursery and Nottingham City Council.
Speaking of the values and benefits of apprenticeships, Bethan Wright, Apprenticeship Coordinator for Solutions for Accounting, who spoke to many school children at the Fair said:
“As a business, it is our ethos to take on people who are at the very start of their careers and have a real interest in IT, Business Administration, Software and Accountancy. We like to promote people from within and to retain our workers, including the many apprentices from Nottingham College. We make it our mission to get apprentices on board and then to train, encourage and nurture them. Apprenticeships are invaluable for anyone who has the raw ambition and good attitude to want to succeed in their future careers.”
Laura Bayston, a HR Officer at Freeths Solicitors who was also at the event said:
“It has been a rewarding experience attending today, as it is good to be able to help young people better understand the apprenticeship route into legal careers. Like the apprentices who come on board with us, the young people today seemed to have a real drive to succeed, which is something that we greatly encourage. Many of our apprentices have in fact gone on to qualify as solicitors, which is fantastic for everyone involved!”
Nottingham College offers a range of apprenticeships alongside local and national employers. For more information on apprenticeships, please visit the college’s website at https://www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk/become-an-apprentice