17 March 2017

Over 800 students from across the region visited the Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2017 event earlier this month (Thursday 2 March) exceeding expectations set by the organisers.

Sheffield City Council’s Skills Made Easy team hosted the annual event at Ponds Forge introducing 16-18 year olds to businesses ranging from the Royal Navy and Gripple to BHP Accountants and Henry Boot that had apprenticeships available.

Sheffield City Council organised the event in partnership with Fortem, the property repairs and maintenance specialist, inviting schools from across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

The event saw over 800 students meet with over 60 local, national and international companies who were promoting more than 250 apprenticeship vacancies.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business and Economy said: “It was great to see so many young people attend the event. Be Inspired 2017 did better than ever, with a large number of schools and businesses taking the opportunity to attend the event. This year also saw the addition of the new Higher Level Degree Apprenticeships

“It is important that our next generation of workers can easily access information about their future. Our Skills Made Easy team work alongside businesses supporting both the employer and apprentices. I would like to congratulate them on yet another successful event”

Alison Beal from BHP Chartered Accountants said: “This was an excellent event which always translates into applications”.

Becky Taylor from Winterhill School in Rotherham said: “it is great for students to attend an event where they can find out and apply for actual apprenticeship vacancies rather than a room full of training providers, like many of the other events.’

For information about the Skills Made Easy Teams and apprenticeships please visit http://www.skillsmadeeasy.org.uk/