Over 500 attend Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

17 March 2016

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Apprenticeships Job FairMore than 500 people visited Brockenhurst College yesterday evening for its first ever Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair.

The event, which attracted more than 20 companies, was timed to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week, which is a Government initiative to raise the profile of apprenticeships.

In particular, it aimed to connect firms with future apprentices in the very place that will deliver the qualifications.

Currently there are over 40 apprenticeship opportunities available through the College, with more becoming available all the time.

Employers present included well-known local names like Berthon Boat Company and Chewton Glen Hotel, as well as international big-hitters like JP Morgan.

Throughout the evening would-be apprentices were free to browse employers and talk to College staff about the best way forward for them.

In addition, there were tips on the application process, how to write a successful CV and how to perform well at interviews.

The New Forest Business Partnership networking group was also there to explain the benefits of apprenticeships for employers.

One of their speakers was Jack Manley from Lyndhurst based Freestyle Web Design, who has used apprentices in the past to help build his business.

Jack said afterwards:  “We rely on finding fresh young talent who can help us continue to do great things going forward.

“That’s why events like these are so important for us and many other growing firms

JP Morgan

JP Morgan

like us,” he added.

Director of Curriculum, Neil Flanagan, said:  “We work hard to match people to the right role and this shows in our success stats.

“This process is incredibly important for apprentices, businesses and the local economy, and we aim to continue playing a pivotal role.”

Brockenhurst College started offering apprenticeships in 2005 with an initial intake of 20.

Since then the scheme has grown markedly with over 800 people now completing apprenticeships through the College.