STUDENTS from local schools were given the chance to launch a successful career at an Apprenticeship Fair hosted by Thurrock Council as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
At the event, which took place at the Learning Shop on George Street, Grays, on Tuesday 4 March, students met high profile employers, including Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, Asda, Port of Tilbury, Academy Sports 1 and Wates, all of which have work opportunities coming up over the coming year.
All of the students will be looking for work once they have completed their summer exams and were encouraged to bring their CVs ready to promote themselves for Apprenticeship placements and work experience.
Employers brought publicity material and tools of the trade to entice a new, enthusiastic workforce.
Apprentice Ambassadors – young people who impressed employers last year and are currently in successful Apprenticeships – were on hand to give students tips on how to present themselves so that they have the best possible chance of securing a work opportunity.
By the end of the day, each employer had a stack of CVs and notes about the students they plan to contact for interviews.
Thurrock Careers conducted de-briefs with the students to discuss how they feel their conversations with employers went, and to give advice about how to improve next time, to ensure a positive learning experience for all.
The event is part of the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week will takes place from 3-7 March 2014, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.
The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2013 was a phenomenal success, with more than 900 events and activities on offer. These ranged from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential apprentices.
For 2014, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activity around the theme “Great Apprenticeships” – showcasing how Apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for both employers and apprentices.
A national calendar of events is available on the apprenticeships.org.uk website, so individuals can find out what is happening in their local area.
Chief Executive from Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC, Neil Woodbridge said: ” A local social enterprise working in the social care field supporting disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choice, said that “we currently have 5 wonderful apprentices who have brought energy, compassion and commitment to our Company. This Apprenticeship Fair gave us an opportunity to showcase what a great career social care is and we can hopefully meet our future staff!”
Learning and Development Manager, Port of Tilbury, Simon Harper said: “The Logistics sector conservatively represents between 8-12% of the UK workforce. It is a fast paced and dynamic profession to be working in, offering great careers – particularly in Thurrock. The Apprentice Fair gave us an opportunity to showcase the range of apprenticeships that are available within the industry.”