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Apprenticeship event attracts hundreds of aspiring apprentices

PUBLISHED: 14:48 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:48 14 March 2018

The council�s nine apprentices and apprenticeship ambassadors with former apprentice Emma Hambrook, Vocational Learning Officer. Picture: Bexley Council

The council�s nine apprentices and apprenticeship ambassadors with former apprentice Emma Hambrook, Vocational Learning Officer. Picture: Bexley Council

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An annual apprenticeship information event attracted more than 800 young people and their families on Monday (March 12).

Hundreds attended the event. Picture: Bexley CouncilHundreds attended the event. Picture: Bexley Council

The council’s fifth information evening saw nine of its own apprentices volunteer as ambassadors, sharing their personal experiences and knowledge with those who attended.

Two Bexley residents, identical twin brothers Josh and Charlie Sampson, attended the event last year and found out about apprenticeship vacancies with infrastructure services company FM Conway.

This year, the twins were back at the event, helping out as FM Conway’s ambassadors.

More than 50 different employers, training or college providers and universities were on hand to talk to people about different opportunities, including traineeships, higher and degree apprenticeships.

Bexley�s Director of Children�s Services Jacky Tiotto and Cllr John Fuller with apprenticeship ambassadors. Picture: Bexley CouncilBexley�s Director of Children�s Services Jacky Tiotto and Cllr John Fuller with apprenticeship ambassadors. Picture: Bexley Council

Stallholders included Moat Housing, Thames Water, Graham Webb International Hairdressing, MiddletonMurray, Oxleas NHS, Transport for London, the British Army and many more.

Cllr John Fuller, cabinet member for education, said: “Our annual apprenticeship event is just one way we show our commitment to skills and employment. “More than attended yesterday, making it our biggest apprenticeship event yet.

“It was fantastic to see just how many people turned out to see what’s on offer in Bexley and are considering an apprenticeship as a platform to getting into their desired careers.”

Bexley’s director of children’s services, Jacky Tiotto, tweeted in the early stages of the event: “600 and more parents, carers and young people here this evening to be inspired about apprenticeships.

Conway Apprentices Charlie (left) and Josh Sampson (right) with Cllr John Fuller. Picture: Bexley CouncilConway Apprentices Charlie (left) and Josh Sampson (right) with Cllr John Fuller. Picture: Bexley Council

“As ever, best organised event I attend. Young people interested and wanting high standards! #theirfuture.”

The event follows National Apprenticeship Week last week, which celebrates the success of apprenticeships while encouraging even more people to choose them as a pathway to their desired career.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities in Bexley visit www.bexley.gov.uk/careers

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