Apprenticeship event is back

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An annual apprenticeship event is returning to the city next month, hosted by Skills Made Easy, at Sheffield City Council.

Hundreds of local students are expected to turn out for the event, which will see more than 70 local, national and international companies attend to promote more than 300 apprenticeship vacancies.

Stidents from years 11 to 13, from schools across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire have already been invited to attend the event, held on March 2 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

This year’s event is hosted in partnership with Fortem, the property repairs and maintenance specialist. Powerstar’s electrical engineer apprentice, Ross Connerton, said: “I attended the event last year with my school as I knew that I didn’t want to be in the classroom environment any longer and wanted to get out in to the world of work.

“I met with lots of employers who had electrical engineering opportunities and I found out in lots more detail about the role itself and what my apprenticeship would be like. It was really good to talk to people in the industry you want to go into and now I am training to do the same jobs as them”

Jade Smith, who was recruited by Wake Smith Solicitors as an apprentice accountant, said: “I met with Wake Smith Solicitors at the event at Ponds Forge and instantly knew I wanted to work for their company.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “This event links young people to businesses, helping them get a head start in their chosen career and find out more about the world of work.

“Young people have so much to offer, as have local businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, so we are looking forward to seeing a packed event.”