THE annual Solihull Apprenticeship Show brought together 2,000 people and around 50 employers, training providers and colleges.
The event, held at the Renewal Conference Centre, saw young people and adults from across the borough attend to find out more about how apprenticeships work and discover the range of opportunities available in Solihull and the West Midlands.
There were stalls hosting some of the region’s biggest employers including JLR, Balfour Beatty and HS2; as well as the show’s sponsors – Graham and Interserve.
Natalie Goulding, Solihull Council’s employment and skills manager, said: “The event was a great opportunity to find out what apprenticeships are really all about. Current apprentices were on hand to discuss their own experiences and share some first-hand insight.
“Feedback from exhibitors highlighted the fantastic engagement from the attendees and noted that it was one of the best careers fairs they had been to. It was a successful afternoon, raising the profile of the wide range of local apprenticeship opportunities available with local employers and training providers.”
Councillor Stuart Davis, mayor of Solihull said: “On behalf of our borough, I would like to thank everyone who made this event possible, especially our sponsors.
“This event has been a real showcase of the diverse array of opportunities on offer to young people in Solihull. It is vital that we continue to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships: how they allow people to earn as they learn and simultaneously gain valuable hands-on experience in their chosen profession. After speaking to attendees and employers, I am confident that so many new networks have been established between employers and future apprentices.”
The Apprenticeship Show last Wednesday (October 23) is part of the Solihull Careers Hub, funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company to transform careers education for young people.