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Success for Sandwell Careers Show

Published 25th July 2017

Members of staff who helped at the Sandwell Careers Show

A highly successful Sandwell Careers Show attracted more than 500 visitors anxious to talk to local employers and training providers about apprenticeship opportunities in the borough.

The show at Sandwell Council  House, Oldbury  (Saturday 15 July) gave young people the opportunity to talk to 27 local employers and organisers of training schemes who are keen to  recruit and educate the next generation of apprentices.

With more than 200 apprenticeship opportunities available on the day, the event was aimed at Year 11s who were unsure of their next step and Year 13s who were looking for an alternative to university. 

It promoted higher level apprenticeships as well as higher education and also matched local young people to live vacancies.

Matthew Fraser from the National Health Services, said:  “It was an excellent event, well attended."

Mike Smith from Black Country Training Group, said: “ I was really impressed with the interests and the number of people that attended the event.  I have generated a lot of interest in our apprenticeships and am very satisfied.  I have really enjoyed supporting the young people of Sandwell."

High profile organisations in attendance included Barclays, NHS, Severn Trent, Jaguar Land Rover, Aldi and BMW.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children services, attended the session and said he was “very impressed” by the number of opportunities on offer.  

He said: “It is important that young people are made aware of all the career paths open to them and it was very noticeable how keen they were to get information on the various opportunities on offer.”

Martin Yates from Barclays, said: “We are taking on apprentices all of the time. I saw quite a few young people. They said that they found the event useful and informative”.

Visitors attending the event were equally enthusiastic. Student, Jake Simpson, who attended the Careers Show, believes it is very important that events like this are open for students, saying, “Wow! I didn’t expect there would be so many people to talk to.”

The event proved so popular that the plan is for the Sandwell Careers Show to become an annual event.

Young people can find out more about the wide variety of vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education and professional qualifications on offer at Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955 or by visiting One Stop Shop, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, B69 3DE.