BEXLEY will host its first apprenticeship information event at the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath on Monday, March 10.
The event will provide important information on how apprenticeships work as well as providing links between young people, businesses and training providers. It has been timed to coincide with the end of National Apprenticeship Week that runs from March 3 to 7.
Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr John Fuller said; “If we want our young people to achieve all they can through education and training we must offer them a range of opportunities, including apprenticeships.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to work towards a nationally recognised qualification while gaining hands-on experience. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of local young people at this event.”
Having little or no work experience can be a barrier to finding employment. An apprenticeship can help provide the experience young people need while working. Jamie works within the Contact Centre at the Council, where he is working towards a Level 2 Customer Service apprenticeship. He said; “After leaving school I had no idea what I wanted to do. Apprenticeships offer great work experience and training and you get paid for learning on the job. Who doesn’t want to get paid to learn?”
Apprenticeships can also offer excellent career progression routes. Jenny joined the council as a Level 2 Business Administration apprentice, in the Library Service. She has since progressed on to a Level 3 Management apprenticeship.
Jenny said: “Being offered the Level 3 made me feel valued. I also feel that the course could open doors for me in the future”.
The event will take place over two sessions on the day from 5.45pm - 7.30pm and 6.45pm - 8.30pm.
Young people, parents and carers can register their interest online and find out more at www.bexley.gov.uk/apprenticeships