Over 250 people have kickstarted a new future at Worthing’s most successful Apprenticeship Fair yet.
Some are just starting out on a career; others are returning to work or thinking of retraining, but they all had the chance to meet with businesses, training providers, employers, universities and colleges to get the best advice.
The fair at Northbrook Metropolitan College in Broadwater attracted 35 exhibitors and was run by West Sussex County Council and Adur & Worthing Business Partnership (AWBP).
It was so successful that plans are already being made for next year’s event at Worthing College in July 2019.
Andrew Swayne, Chair of the AWBP, said: “The wide range of apprenticeship opportunities on offer locally is a great indication of the strength and diversity of the economy in Adur and Worthing. The event worked really well and has become an worthy addition to the range of high quality events supported by the Business Partnership.”
Lucy Bodrell, HR Advisor for local company, Rossetts Commercials Worthing , found the Fair on July 4 extremely useful, adding: “Our reason for exhibiting was to find some potential recruits for our Apprenticeship Scheme for our 2019 intake. We currently have apprentices through Northbrook MET and we wish to build our relationship with the local colleges.
“We recruit on an ongoing basis and hope to recruit one apprentice per site per year, including our head office in Worthing.
“We met some really enthusiastic students who have a passion for cars and the motor industry. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the parents too.
“Potentially, we feel that we will be a able to successfully recruit a student for our 2019 in take next year. Also, we have offered work experience to students who wish to organise this through the school.
Organiser of this year’s Fair on July 4, Angela Crane, Economy & Skills Officer at Adur & Worthing Councils said: “This year we also included on-hand Careers Advice by local qualified Careers’ Advisors from West Sussex County Council’s Post 16 Team. They worked tirelessly through the event.”
This September there will also be an Adur & Worthing wide Careers Fair at the Assembly Hall, open to business, residents and training providers. If you are interested in taking part, contact Angela Crane at: firstname.lastname@example.org