Exeter youngsters set for success at apprenticeship expo

Exeter College will host the second annual Apprenticeship Expo, taking place as part of National Apprenticeship Week in March.

The event, supported by the South West Apprentice Ambassador Network and the National Apprenticeship Service, will bring together businesses that employ or are thinking of employing apprentices, with young people and providers in the south west.

It will be held at Exeter College’s Technology Centre on Tuesday 15 March and follows last year’s inaugural expo, which proved to be a resounding success.


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In 2015, 50 businesses took part and presented their apprenticeship provision to some 800 visitors, among whom were school leavers and youngsters keen on exploring what becoming an apprentice can offer.

This year’s event has already attracted an impressive cohort of businesses, including the Met Office, South West Water, South West Ambulance Service, Midas, Gregory Distribution Ltd, Alcoa, Redrow Homes, Kitsons and Landmark Information Group.


The cream of the crop

The event is part of the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week, running from 14 to 18 March, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

This year’s theme will be Rise to the Top, and the week is expected to draw a range of events across England to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on businesses and trainees.

Richard Daulton of the NAS said: “We are delighted to be supporting this event after the huge success of last year’s Expo. The Apprenticeship Expo is a fantastic opportunity for young people and parents to engage with some of our most successful and supportive employers from the region.

“As more and more businesses identify the unique benefits that apprenticeships bring to their organisation it’s essential they recruit the right candidate to fill these roles.”