Success of first Apprentice Fair
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.