There was a huge turnout at the Apprenticeship fair held at Ashton’s Market Ground on Saturday.The event aimed to provide information to 16- 24 year olds who may have been considering an apprenticeship or wanted information on what to do after school. It was attended by hundreds of interested people keen to learn more.
The Council was partnered by Positive Steps, Age UK, Tameside College, Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Key 103 to make the event the huge success it proved to be.
As part of the event, Tameside College put on several demonstrations, including those in electrical wiring, plumbing, cooking and sports. Apprenticeship ambassadors were also on hand to give advice.
Attendees’ feedback was extremely positive, with many already signed up to learn more about apprenticeship vacancies and courses in their area.
Ged Cooney, spokesman for Tameside cCouncil for Learning, Skills and Economic Growth, said: “Information events like this are vital for young people just starting their careers. It is apparent that some people aren’t aware of the benefits and opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide.
“Apprenticeships are definitely worth considering, as you gain a recognised qualification and also gain real on-the job experience. It is a win-win situation for any young person.”
Due to the success of the event, there will be a larger scale apprenticeship event scheduled for the summer. Year 10 students will be invited to learn more about the apprenticeships offered by local Tameside businesses.
There has also been a huge drive on apprenticeships within Tameside. There will soon be Council grants available for businesses, both big and small, which provide an apprentice role.