Businesses flocked to Barnsley College last week (Thursday 12 March) to share their expertise with their employees of the future.
Fifteen businesses supported National Apprenticeship Week 2015 by showcasing the career and progression opportunities within their organisations. Employers got a chance to meet with students who are considering careers in their sector and offer them insider tips and advice on forging a successful career.
Students were invited to share their experiences and career goals by donning outfits, posing with props and posting their ‘sector selfie’ to social media. Cyberspace went wild and the businesses involved received over 5000 views via the @BCApprentices Twitter feed.
Terry Johnson, Strategic Maintenance Manager at NPS Barnsley said: “Events like this are fantastic. Apprenticeships provide an excellent route to becoming qualified in a chosen profession. At NPS Barnsley apprentices account for over 4% of our workforce and they play a key role in helping us to sustain a professionally and technically qualified workforce for the present and the future. The students we met today were bright and ambitious and I’m sure they will achieve great career success – maybe even with NPS.”
Colin Booth, Barnsley College Principal, said, “We are hugely grateful to the employers that provide so many opportunities to our young people, whether that is in the form of Apprenticeships, jobs, work placements or sharing advice with them. I’d especially like to thank those who joined us at the event. It’s important to show our students that you don’t need to leave the area to have successful careers. We have opportunities right here in Barnsley. I hope that the employers who have supported this event have perhaps already spotted some of their future recruits.”