A small army of young people and more than 30 employers and training providers met at the MK Dons in Milton Keynes to discuss apprenticeships.
Some of the the attendees who impressed the most were invited to interviews by Baltic Apprenticeships to possibly fill current vacancies for level 3 IT Apprenticeships with IT infrastructure business Computacenter.
The MK Dons event on Monday (March 11) was the biggest event taking place in Milton Keynes as part of National Apprenticeship week.
Alexa Wilkinson, of Connexions in Milton Keynes, said: “It was great to see so many young people finding out about alternative options when they finish school.
“Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn while you earn, something which is a real advantage in the current economic climate. Completing an apprenticeship gives you a qualification and work experience which can be used as a springboard for the rest of your career. It’s fantastic that employers with vacancies have been able to join us to meet young people and potentially find new recruits.”
The event was organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and Connexions which is delivered in Milton Keynes by Prospects, the education, employment and training company. Businesses attending included John Lewis, Mercedes, Unilever and Milton Keynes College attended to speak to young people about their options when they finish school.
Young people also met current apprentices to hear first-hand about the benefits of completing an apprenticeship.
Have a go areas gave young people the opportunity to try their hand at different skills including making a tea bag, using a 3D modelling machine, electronics and putting up hair using hairdressing blocks.
Liz Coughlin of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Giving young people the opportunity to hear from apprentices and have a go at some of the activities local employers offer their apprentices has been great. I hope more young people will have been encouraged to consider apprenticeships when considering their options after finishing school.”
Teenagers not in employment, education or training can get help, advice, guidance and information by contacting Connexions in Milton Keynes on 01908 398300.