More than 400 local young people and their parents attended recent Apprenticeship events to find out more about the options available to them following their exams this summer.
The events, hosted by Training 2000 at its site on Harwood Street, Blackburn, showcased the range of Apprenticeships available through the training provider and enabled young people to speak to current apprentices and meet with prospective employers, including Rolls-Royce, Fort Vale, Aircelle and Calderstones NHS Partnership.
The events formed part of the training provider’s Apprenticeship Week activities and were attended by school pupils from across the region, such as 17-year-old Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student Chris Ridehalgh.
Commenting on the event, Chris said: “I have already decided I’m not going to university next year. The Apprenticeship route is definitely the best option these days.”
Twenty-two-year-old Rebecca Ralphson, an apprentice at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, hoped the event would encourage more young people to take the Apprenticeship route.
“We have received lots of interest and with being an apprentice myself it has helped when talking to the young people,” she said.
Training 2000’s Apprenticeship Week 2011 celebrations also included a job-swap between the training provider’s chief executive, Steve Gray, and two local apprentices.
Steve, an ex-apprentice himself, tried his hand in the restaurant for lunchtime service. He commented: “It was great fun learning about all the different jobs our apprentices have to do – I realise just how hard it is to serve so many people and it shows the importance of someone showing you what to do when you start a new job.
“I would remind budding apprentices young and old that it is never too soon to start to think about their next step and the more information they have, the easier it is to make a decision that’s right for them.”
Training 2000 offers Apprenticeships in Automotive, Business Administration, Construction, Dental, Engineering and Health and Social Care, providing a variety of courses from nursing and accounting to welding and vehicle body building. For more information visit: www.training2000.co.uk