10 February 2017

Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2017
2nd March 2017, 12:30pm-3:30pm,
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Have you considered an apprenticeship after you leave school?

Skills Made Easy at Sheffield City Council is once again hosting its annual apprenticeship event. Students from Years 11 – 13 from schools across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire have been invited to attend. This year’s event is hosted in partnership with Fortem, the property repairs and maintenance specialist.

Last year’s event saw 850+ students meet with over 70 local, national and international companies who were promoting more than 300 apprenticeship vacancies.

Powerstar’s electrical engineer apprentice, Ross Connerton, said: “I attended the event last year with my school as I knew that I didn’t want to be in the classroom environment any longer and wanted to get out in to the world of work. I met with lots of employers who had electrical engineering opportunities and I found out in lots more detail about the role itself and what my apprenticeship would be like. It was really good to talk to people in the industry you want to go into and now I am training to do the same jobs as them”

Jade Smith, who was recruited by Wake Smith Solicitors as an apprentice accountant, said: “I met with Wake Smith Solicitors at the event at Ponds Forge and instantly knew I wanted to work for their company. I handed over my CV which resulted in me being interviewed after I had completed my GCSEs for the accounts apprenticeship. And due to my grades and interview skills I was successful.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “This event links young people to businesses from across the region, to help them get a head start in their chosen career and find out more about the world of work. It’s also a great chance for employers to meet talented and enthusiastic young people currently considering their career options.

“Young people have so much to offer, as have local businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, so we are looking forward to seeing a packed event full of people building working relationships for the future.”

Bookings for Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2017 have exceeded expectations, with a large number of schools and businesses taking the opportunity to attend the event, which this year sees the addition of the new Higher Level Degree Apprenticeships.

We are always looking for additional businesses and school leavers to attend, for more information please contact Rachel.Crowder@sheffield.gov.uk or call (0114) 2736559.