Discover more at Apprenticeship Week

Published on 11 March 2016

YOUNG people wanting to find out more about apprenticeships will be helped by a week-long series of events taking place in Leicester next week.

Apprenticeship Week 2016 runs from March 14 to 18 and includes drop-in sessions, access points for information and over 100 new apprenticeships being made available.

The events are being organized by the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub, which was set up by Leicester City Council to help increase the number of young people becoming apprentices.

On Monday, March 14, over 100 apprenticeship job vacancies will go live online at leicester.gov.uk/hub100, as part of the Hub100 process, which gives potential apprentices the chance to speak directly to the local training providers which manage the vacancies.

People can browse through the offers available and make an enquiry for an assessment on any three jobs which appeal to them, by contacting: apprenticeshiphub@leicester.gov.uk 

Assessments will be carried out March 24.

An all-day ‘hub access point’ will be open on Tuesday, March 15, in the Connexions offices at 16 New Walk, aimed at people who have decided that they want an apprenticeship.

People can meet with advisors, discuss the sorts of roles that might be available for them, and find out more about how to apply for an apprenticeship. To make an appointment, call Connexions on 0116 424 1770.

JobCentre Plus in Wellington Street will hold a drop-in apprenticeships jobs fair on Wednesday, March 16, from 10am-1pm.

People interested in working outdoors or with animals can find out more at an information session held in City Hall, Charles Street, on Thursday, March 17, from 11am to 1pm.

It is aimed at young people interested in careers such as veterinary nursing, agricultural work, sports ground maintenance or other environmental work, and includes input from Brooksby College and DART training.

Finally, on Friday 18 March, the Apprenticeship Hub will hold a pre-assessment day for this year’s apprenticeships with Volkswagen.

The roles available include paint and bodywork technicians, trade parts specialists, service advisors and a range of technician jobs.

For more information on these roles, or to set up a VW pre-assessment appointment, visit: leicester.gov.uk/apprenticeshiphub

The next stage of the assessment is a full-day event on 28 April 2016.

One of the people who secured a technician apprenticeship last year with Parkway VW Leicester was Richard Oakland, aged 17, from Blaby.

He said: “When a friend sent me a Facebook link about the recruitment event I was impressed with the VW brand and I went to sign up.  I knew I had to put myself out there so I got suited and booted.

“After the assessment day, I was told my name had gone forward for any opportunities coming up, and it took about two months before an interview came up. 

“I got a call to say there was a spot at VW and they wanted to interview me the next morning. I could tell at the interview that this was right for me. The next day I got a phone call to say I’d got the job.”

The Apprenticeship Hub's next Hub100 event takes place on Thursday, March 24. It is designed for anyone who is ready to start an apprenticeship right away.

Details are available at www.leicester.gov.uk/hub100 and appointments can be made at:  apprenticeshiphub@leicester.gov.uk 

Assistant City Mayor for jobs and skills, Cllr Sue Waddington, added: “These events give young people the chance to find out more about apprenticeships and whether they are the right path for them. If they decide it's the way they want to go, our Apprenticeship Hub makes it easy for them to apply.

“Apprenticeships offer great opportunities to young people and we know that employers really value them, so we’re pleased to support them through events like these.”

Leicester Apprenticeship Hub will also be at the Careers in Health and Care event, at The Kube, Leicester Race Course, 16 March 1pm-7pm. 

To find out more about Leicester Apprenticeship Hub’s Apprenticeship Week events, visit http://www.leicester.gov.uk/apprenticeshiphub

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