The Peele Community College held its first ever apprenticeship evening for both students and their parents to come and meet local employers and training providers who were showcasing opportunities and raising awareness of this career pathway.
There was an exhibition area where businesses and training providers such as Perkins, CITB, Morrisons, Anglian Water, QEH, College of West Anglia and many others were able to speak to the attendees about their own industry and what they have to offer – it was fantastic to see over 200 students and parents engaging and taking many positive thoughts and options away with them. One Year 10 students who had dreamt of being a midwife but was struggling with the idea of university came away feeling like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders after speaking to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and finding out about their apprenticeship route. She now has a real chance of realising her goals.
As well as the exhibitor area there were also a series of presentations held in the hall by different industries covering different areas of apprenticeships, these were also very well attended and extremely informative for all.
Lyle Woolard, Technical Apprenticeship Coordinator for Perkins, said afterwards: “Events like this are a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to be made aware of careers and development routes.”
Andrea James of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital agreed: “It was great to see such enthusiasm from the students and parents. They were interested in everything from a blood delivery driver to doctor to lawyer, and everything in between.”