Over 3,000 people attended this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Show; the event once again showcased the county as a great place to start your career.
Representatives of several employers from across the county were available to speak to young people about the working opportunities that are currently available to them.
Employers that attended the event included Roxel, NHS, Nova Training, Open GI. Royal Navy, Police, Amada, Borwell and Jacobs.
Ella Bates is one of many young people in Worcestershire who have chosen to take up an apprenticeship after leaving school.
She is currently working in a Business Administration Apprenticeship role at Worcestershire County Council.
She remains incredibly grateful for the wide range of choices that she has had and the support that she has been given as a young person in Worcestershire.
Ella said: “University is the right choice for some young people and in Worcestershire we’re really fortunate to have so many universities close by.
But for others like me they want something different, and the support they get here in this county helps them to make the right choices. In Worcestershire you are treated as an individual and given the time, room and the support that you need to grow.”
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills said: “The numbers for this year’s Apprenticeship Show are a real testament to the wide variety of career options and support available here in Worcestershire.
It’s been great to hear of all the success stories that this route has created across our county in the last few years, and events like this are ideal in helping people take that all-important first step.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The huge popularity of this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Show reflects the ever increasing importance of apprenticeships for our businesses and the range of opportunities for our young people. Ultimately, these apprenticeships work to the benefit of everyone, with the young person earning as they are learning and our local employers able to develop the skilled workforce that they need.”
10,000 people in Worcestershire took up an apprenticeship last year, and there are now more than 240 different types of apprenticeship available.
Apprenticeships are nationally recognised and can help young people to gain qualifications and employability skills from level 2 (GCSE equivalent) through to Degree Level.
Qualifications in Apprenticeships are exactly the same as those done in full time education, but students can earn a wage as they learn and study. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
28 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, schools, careers leads, training providers, apprenticeship champions and employers have been named as finalists for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards.
The finalists will join hundreds of businesses and guests at the awards finals at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be announced.
For more information on taking an apprenticeship, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk