From 10th to 17th March, a ‘Signpost 2 Skills’ bus toured the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP area to raise awareness of apprenticeships with both businesses and young people. Manned by staff from the LEP, The Skills Service, apprenticeship providers and local employers, the campaign aimed to provide information to help visitors learn about how apprenticeships could be the right option for them.
The bus started in St Neots and Huntingdon and then travelled through Cambridge, West Suffolk, East Cambs, West Norfolk, Fenland and Peterborough.
Young people visiting the bus really enjoyed the experience and the bus created a great focal point for sharing information about apprenticeships.
Stella Cockerill, Head of Skills at the LEP said:
“This is the first Apprenticeship bus tour Signpost 2 Skills has held, and it was great to receive such a warm welcome from the various stops throughout the week. We were given the chance to meet many young people who were eager to learn more about how they can act now to shape their future careers when they leave education. They asked about the types of jobs and sectors they could enter through an apprenticeship, as well as the difference between how an apprenticeship might benefit them compared to university or other further education options.
“Apprenticeships also offer the chance for businesses to benefit from new and ambitious employees, and enables apprentices the opportunity to learn and earn, all whilst gaining important, hands-on business experience.”