Apprentice Week is a boost for pupils

JOB LEARNING: Catherine Carter (left) and Bianca Jackson (right), both of Fleetwood High School, with Stephanie Emmett of Training 2000 during Apprenticeship Week.

JOB LEARNING: Catherine Carter (left) and Bianca Jackson (right), both of Fleetwood High School, with Stephanie Emmett of Training 2000 during Apprenticeship Week.

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BUDDING apprentices from schools in Fleetwood and Wyre certainly felt the benefit of a special careers evening.

Almost 150 local young people and their parents attended the Apprenticeship Night to find out more about the options available to them following their GCSEs this summer

The event, hosted by Training 2000 at its Bispham site on Bristol Road, showcased the range of apprenticeships available through the training provider and enabled young people to speak to current apprentices and meet with prospective employers.

These included representatives from healthcare, finance and a range of other sectors.

The sessions formed part of the training provider’s Apprenticeship Week activities and were attended by students from across Blackpool and the Fylde, including 16-year-old Hodgson High School pupil Scott Barnes.

He said: “I know what I want to do now after attending this event. I am going to apply online from home.”

Fleetwood High School pupil Catherine Carter, 16, added: “I’m leaving school this summer and have already applied online. I prefer to do practical learning, so Apprenticeships are the best route for me.”

Training 2000’s Apprenticeship Week 2011 celebrations also included a job-swap between the training provider’s chief executive Steve Gray and two apprentices.

Steve, an ex-apprentice himself, tried his hand in the restaurant for lunchtime service.

He said: “It was great fun learning about all the different jobs our apprentices have to do – I realise just how hard it is to serve so many people and it shows the importance of someone showing you what to do when you start a new job.

“I would remind budding apprentices young and old that it is never too soon to start to think about their next step and the more information they have, the easier it is to make a decision that’s right for them.”

Training 2000 offers apprenticeships in automotive, business administration, construction, dental, engineering and health and social care.