Some 1000 people visited Horsham’s Apprenticeship Fair, which took place at the Drill Hall, Horsham on Saturday 9 March.
Fifty exhibitors, including apprentice employers, training providers, colleges, and universities, provided information and advice as well as over 500 opportunities on the day. There were some major employers from the local area, including Gatwick Airport, Sussex Police, AJW and Nestlé, as well as some new companies offering apprenticeships for the first time.
The event, organised by Horsham District Council, in partnership with West Sussex County Council, aimed once again to provide a platform for anyone wanting to find out about apprenticeships and the wide ranging types and levels of opportunities being offered.
With Horsham District Council now offering its own significant apprenticeship programme, it is in a strong position to help promote the increasing value of apprenticeships to local businesses. Indeed, the Council had six of its own apprentices on duty on the day to help with managing the event.
Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Gordon Lindsay, attended the event and was extremely impressed by the exhibitors and the numbers attending: “There was a good cross section of businesses represented at the fair and it is a sign of the times that there are so many more opportunities with top employers – not only for young people not wanting to go to university, but also for more mature workers wanting to change their career path or upskill themselves.
“I was impressed with the number of young people there and also just how many parents attended, finding out about new career and training opportunities that do not involve university.”
The next employment event organised by Horsham District Council will be the Jobs and Skills Fair to be held in the Drill Hall on Saturday 28 September. If you are an employer expecting to be recruiting around that time, please contact the Council’s Employment Officer: email@example.com