Bim Afolami MP for Hitchin and Harpenden opened the event which saw 56 local students spend time with businesses actively recruiting for apprenticeship starts in sectors including hospitality, finance, media, engineering, recruitment, and construction.
Apprenticeship positions discussed ranged from opportunities in business & administration, marketing and customer service, mechanical engineering, accountancy and degree apprenticeship in quantity surveying, site management and estimating, with each employer given the platform to address a small number of students, pitch their opportunities, and answer any ensuing questions.
Organised by Amazing Apprenticeships in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College’s apprenticeship arm Hart Learning & Development, the event is the first in Hertfordshire and something which will be rolled out for other students and employers to benefit from.
“Amazing Apprenticeships exists to help raise awareness of the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships across England. What better way than to bring together local schools, students and employers to match real roles to young people who will be actively seeking employment?” said Founder and Director of Amazing Apprenticeships, Anna Morrison CBE. “It has been a brilliant morning witnessing so many students open up to the real opportunity of joining an apprenticeship scheme when they leave school or college.”
The event had huge impact, with many of the employers commenting on how well prepared and engaged the students were.
Kit Davies, Principal of North Hertfordshire College, said: “The event was a real success. It has been fantastic to see so many motivated, like-minded local businesses ready to connect with the next generation of young talent and I am certain that many of the positive discussions from today will turn into employment and apprenticeship opportunities in the future. This event would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of our local employers, as well as the confident and proactive young people who took the initiative to come along today.”
“Truly an eye-opening event, it’s amazing how many students turned out” Shelley Wylds, Customer Support Specialist, Holewise
“I really enjoyed the interaction with the students, students were even approaching us even after the networking” Beata Balut, Office Manager Herts at Home
“It has been really interesting speaking and listening to students” James Maynard, Talent and Development Co-ordinator, Fortem
And the power of the event was not lost on the students. They proudly engaged in conversations with employers, listening intently to their pitches and asking thoughtful questions.
“It has been such an eye opening event, it was amazing to meet so many local employers and find out about their opportunities” Isaac, Student with Hitchin Boys School.
“From just speaking to my students, they have all said what an amazing event this has been. The fact they get to meet local employers face to face has really opened their eyes to the incredible apprenticeships that are on offer. I want to say a massive thank you for putting this event on and my students all say a massive thank you as well!” Gio Newbery, Outreach Co-ordinator – 6th Form Co-ordinator, The Thomas Alleyne Academy.