Apprenticeship opportunites for young people

Post-GCSE careers showcase announced.

Young people aged 14-19 from across Birmingham are being invited to explore career options and find out more about apprenticeships at the Careers and Apprenticeship Show at Millennium Point.

The free event will take place on Friday 20th March from 1pm to 7.30pm and on Saturday 21st March from 10am to 4pm, and will aim to give young people the chance to speak with more than 50 exhibitors, including training providers, colleges, universities, employers and apprentices.

The event has been organised by the Birmingham & Solihull Work Based Training Provider Network and supported by Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Skills Board. Georgina Mendez, Chair of Birmingham & Solihull Work Based Training Provider Network, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people of our city to get proper career advice and guidance for their future.

“After GCSEs it can be daunting for both teenagers and parents to choose the right educational path, so it is imperative that they have all the information to hand so they can make an informed choice. The show will give young people the chance to explore all their options and really think about their career path before making a definite decision.”

The Careers and Apprenticeship Show is the first of a series of joint partnership events which aims to provide parents, carers and teenagers with information and advice on future employment opportunities and careers.

“Training providers are now preparing local candidates to develop the right skills and attributes to meet the expectations of employers coming to the city, enabling them to recruit the best workforce from the local community,” explains Steve Farr, Employment Access Manager for Birmingham City Council.

“A number of apprentices have already been involved in the construction of Grand Central and New Street Station and the investment John Lewis has made to Birmingham further supports the growth of the city and maximises the opportunities available for local people in the city.”

Neil Anderson, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events at Millennium Point, adds: “Birmingham has the youngest population of any city in Europe, therefore it is vital we provide individuals with the support needed to have a promising and bright future.

“We are delighted to host such an event that positively helps young people explore their options and make the right choice for the future.”

An additional Careers and Apprenticeship Show will be taking at the NEC on Thursday, 9th July 2015. For more information about the show, please contact Alison Hughes on 0121 245 7200