On Wednesday 4 March, Sheffield City Council hosted its seventh annual apprenticeships careers fair – ‘Apprenticeships: Be Inspired’ – enabling more than 800 GCSE and A-Level students to meet potential employers and find out more about the apprenticeship career route.
Pupils from 26 schools and Sixth Forms across Sheffield City Region attended the event, which was sponsored by utilities provider ENGIE. The 15-18-year-olds who attended were able to discuss apprenticeships, distribute their CVs and apply for upcoming vacancies with 70 local, regional and national employers covering a wide variety of sectors.
Last year, over 150 vacancies – ranging from Intermediate to Degree level apprenticeships – were filled by 16-18 year-olds as a direct result of attending the fair.
Laura Hayfield, Acting Head of Employment and Skills, Sheffield City Council, said:
“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and well-informed students making the most of the opportunity to meet employers, discover the options available and apply for vacancies.
“‘Apprenticeships: Be Inspired’ is a vital event which propels many school and Sixth Form leavers onto the careers ladder. We’d like to thank all the employers, schools, sponsors and support staff who contributed to another successful apprenticeship careers fair this year.”
Kerri White, Social Value Officer from ENGIE, Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2020 Event Sponsor, said:
“We enjoyed another great day at ‘Apprenticeships: Be Inspired’, meeting some positive and driven students who came well-prepared with CVs. There was a steady flow of students visiting our stand, and great time-scaling between the schools.”