As part of National Apprenticeship Week (4 to 8 March) Horsham District Council, in conjunction with West Sussex County Council, is hosting the Horsham Apprenticeship Fair on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 2pm in the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham.
National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of all that is good about apprenticeships, with events across the country marking the significant role of apprentices in today’s working environment.
The Horsham Fair this year will see more than 40 apprentice employers and training providers, from a wide variety of sectors, present their opportunities.
The event is free and anyone is welcome to attend. It is a major career route for young people starting out on their careers, but also older, more experienced people are now starting to retrain using apprenticeship courses.
Commenting on the return of the event, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Gordon Lindsay, said: “I think it is good news for all people considering an apprenticeship that the Apprenticeship Fair is making a return to Horsham after last year’s successful event.
“Apprenticeship training programmes let you gain real work experience (and earn money) while you learn and, at the end, you receive a recognised qualification.
“I believe this event goes a long way to ensuring apprenticeships are represented as a real and meaningful alternative to university entrance, and are fast becoming a new route to a different career for experienced workers.”
Horsham District Council, a major local employer, now runs a successful apprenticeship programme with 12 apprentices working across a variety of departments.
This year’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Fair follows on from last year’s very successful first event, when 34 exhibitors with more than 500 opportunities saw in excess of 1000 visitors attend the event.
Confirmed employers this year include Gatwick Airport, AJW Aviation, Apollo Motor Group, the British Army and RAF, HMRC Border Force, Kier Construction, Metricell, NatWest, Nestle, RSPCA, Sussex Police, Thales, NHS, Brighton and Chichester Universities and Virgin. There will be many more employers and training providers with hundreds of opportunities attending.
For a full list of exhibitors and for more information visit www.horsham.gov.uk/jobs-and-
careers/employment-and-skills/ apprenticeships or email Leigh Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.