Over 40 businesses took part in the annual West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair at Newbury College on Wednesday 7th November, providing an opportunity for organisations to network and showcase their employment opportunities to students and jobseekers.
As well as meeting with the exhibitors and discovering the opportunities available, visitors to the fair were also able to obtain advice on apprenticeships, tips for successful job hunting and attend 1-2-1 CV workshops with Adviza.
Dawnus Construction, who are currently building the Highwood Copse Primary School at Newbury College’s Monks Lane campus and medical technologies company, Stryker, also offered interactive workshops covering the employment opportunities within STEAM industries from the College’s Engineering Solutions Laboratory.
Participating organisations included a wide range of employers and training providers including local universities, Vodafone, Metro Bank, BUPA, Sovereign, Mencap, WBTC, Healthwatch, Berkshire Labels, AWE, Roc Technologies and many more.
Annie Danielli, Junior Marketing Manager, Roc Technologies, said: “The West Berkshire Work & Careers Fair is a great opportunity to promote your business, network with other local organisations and find the perfect candidate for your latest role. Roc Technologies was delighted to be a part of the event.”
As well as jobseekers looking for full & part-time job opportunities, Newbury College students and pupils from local secondary schools also attended the event to explore their future career options. “Supporting businesses and ensuring that local people are well trained to meet the needs of those businesses, is central to what the College is about. The campus is a fantastic location for exhibitions and events that engage with existing students, local schools and other members of the community,” said Iain Wolloff, Newbury College Principal. “Our aim is to inspire and support informed choices for young people and for all those looking to develop their careers. Anyone seeking further careers advice is welcome to book an appointment with our impartial Careers Advice team. We want to extend our thanks to all of the organisations involved in making the event a success.”
Exhibitors enjoyed an opportunity to network over a complimentary business breakfast, sponsored by Local Buzz magazine, before the main event opened to the public, supported by Job Centre Plus, West Berkshire Council and West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership.
Are you waiting for exam results in August? Not sure what to do next? Have you considered applying for an apprenticeship?
According to UCAS, applications for university places in 2017 are down by 5%*. That means more and more young people are deciding to look for alternative routes into their chosen careers. In 2015/16 just over half a million people started an apprenticeship programme – an increase of 9,500 on the previous year**.
Here are five reasons why apprenticeships are fast becoming a popular choice for school leavers:
1. Get qualified – Alongside work experience, you’ll continue to study towards a nationally-recognised qualification. Apprenticeships can be studied at three different levels; intermediate, advanced and higher. You can now even study right up to a degree qualification (level 6).
2. Earn money – an apprenticeship is a real job that will earn you a wage!
3. Relevant work experience – you’ll receive practical training and experience in a real-world working environment.
4. Available in a great range of subjects – apprenticeships are available in a wide range of subjects including accountancy, business administration, health care, hairdressing, IT, professional cookery, engineering, vehicle maintenance and more.
5. Support and guidance – all apprentices receive support and guidance from an assessor. The assessor will meet regularly with the apprentice and employer to discuss progress.
Don’t wait for results day to apply for an apprenticeship.
If you want to work in business administration, customer service, HR or IT, or if your dream job is to be a chef, nursery nurse or engineer, apply for an apprenticeship now. Newbury College is currently advertising vacancies in all these areas. Don’t wait until results day, get ahead of the game click here or call the apprenticeship team on 01635 845229.
*UCAS – applications for UK higher education down 5% for UK students, Feb 17 **Apprenticeship Statistics: England, 21/11/16