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Success of first Apprentice Fair

Published: 17/03/2016

Flintshire County Council held its first Apprentice Fair this week as part of National Apprenticeship week. A total of 23 businesses from Flintshire and beyond had exhibition stands at this inaugural event and over 500 pupils from many Flintshire High Schools had the opportunity to look around the exhibition. The Fair was held in two sessions, morning and afternoon, to allow as many young people to attend as possible. Cllr Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, who opened both sessions of the Fair, said: “This Apprentice Fair, has been a real chance for our high school students to look to the future and discuss apprenticeship options with a potential employer. They’ve also had a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from Alwen Williams about the BT approach to apprenticeships as well as hearing about Jessica Ashton’s personal account as a BT apprentice.” Alwen Williams, Director of BT Wales, started with BT straight from school and now heads up the BT organisation in Wales. Jessica is in her second year of an Advanced apprenticeship. She joined BT after completing a foundation degree. The event, at Theatr Clwyd in Mold, offered live demonstrations and interactive sessions covering a wide variety of professions including the fire service, beauty therapy and the construction industry. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to “Try a Trade” and got advice on CV writing. For further information, including a list of businesses who attended and more information on their apprenticeship schemes and vacancies, please contact Kate Catherall on 01352 703221 or