Website to connect local employers and apprentices launched as 1,000 school pupils attend fifth skills fair at Ely Cathedral
PUBLISHED: 10:29 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 16 October 2018
Apprenticeships were high on the agenda for more than 1,000 students attending the annual skills fair at Ely Cathedral.
Sponsors East Cambridgeshire District Council launched the ‘apprenticeships.buzz’, a new website designed to connect employers, apprentices and training providers across the area.
They also discussed with students’ opportunities to help the community by working at the council as a future career opportunity.
The council’s business development manager Martin Smith said: “It is wonderful to support so many young people to realise their career dreams and focus their ambitions with the help of experts in a wide selection of fields.”
Nikki Pritchett of Ely College said: “This is a fabulous event for East Cambs year 11 and sixth form students and this year we included 380 year 5 local primary school students.
“It helps them to get some face-to-face advice from people in a diverse range of sectors and meet representatives from different education providers who can help them too.
Companies who exhibited included Whiting & Partners, JDR Cable Systems Ltd, Corkers Crisps, G’s Fresh and Turners (Soham) Ltd.
The skills fair attracted students from schools and colleges across East Cambridgeshire to speak to representatives from a range of professions and training providers ask questions and discuss opportunities with potential employers, colleges and universities.
Rebecca Sussex of the Skills Service said: “What we want to be when we grow up is a key discussion point for children of all ages and the skills fair is important to help them identify possibilities they might not have considered before.”