To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2017 St Helens College hosted a series of activities giving those interested in kick-starting an apprenticeship in a range of industries, including construction, engineering, health and social care, digital, logistics, hospitality and catering, hairdressing, a flavour of what to expect.

The week-long campaign was fronted by St Helens College apprentice Olivia Wootton who has secured herself an impressive apprenticeship with multi-billion pound, global company, Thermo Fisher Scientific and is currently studying her level 3 apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. A promotional film helped to raise awareness of Olivas’s story and what her apprenticeship involved.

Jette Burford, St Helens College Principal, said: “St Helens College is proud to provide an extensive range of apprenticeship opportunities, which are increasingly becoming the route of choice for many people. National Apprenticeship Week helps us to further increase awareness of apprenticeships and the many exciting opportunities they can create.”

Events and activities which took place at St Helens College during National Apprenticeship Week included the College’s school liaison team providing additional support and guidance to young people at several schools across the borough. An apprenticeship vacancy job shop was open to members of the public, as well as students to drop-in and receive advice on how to apply for apprenticeships including CV and interview tips. People also had the opportunity to take a look at current apprenticeship vacancies.

To help shape and enhance the career advice provided in local schools, St Helens College hosted an apprenticeship specific breakfast event for local careers advisers. The College also dedicated its social media platforms to an entire week of posts about fantastic apprenticeship vacancies, myth busters, apprentice success stories and employer testimonials.

St Helens College apprentice Olivia said “Thanks to a College open event, I realised that an apprenticeship was an option for me and ultimately I know understand that it is my preferred way of learning. On my apprenticeship, no two days are the same, I wanted to ensure that I chose a career path that would supply me with endless opportunities and progression routes and my engineering apprenticeship can provide me with that.”

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