Young people across Solihull had the chance to find out about apprenticeship opportunities last week at the Solihull Apprenticeship Show.
The free event took place on Wednesday 8 February at North Solihull Sports Centre, and championed apprenticeships as an alternative career route to university-based degrees.
Over 1,200 young people and parents/carers were able to hear about the apprenticeship opportunities that are on offer to people aged 15-18 from across the borough. These were from a range of employers and training providers across a wide variety of sectors such as construction, creative, financial, logistics and health care, up to degree level.
Companies and organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Solihull College & University Centre, Taylor Wimpey, Royal Air Force and West Midlands Police were present at the show, amongst others.
Current apprentices were on hand to share their experiences and answer any questions for those looking to become apprentices themselves in the near future.
The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Ken Meeson, said:
“I was delighted to attend the Solihull Apprenticeship Show, which was a great opportunity for people to discover the value of apprenticeships.
“The centre was packed with visitors which kept all the exhibitors busy. Thanks to all the companies and organisations who took part and to staff who organised such a successful event.
“Offering on-the-job training and allowing people to earn as they learn, apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to university – and it was encouraging to see so many in attendance and excited by the opportunities.”
Cllr Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said:
“The Apprenticeship Show has always been an important day in Solihull’s economic calendar. It was fantastic that so many young people were keen to take advantage of the great opportunities offered to them by local employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Paragon, Balfour Beatty Vinci and HS2, as well as our very own staff at Solihull Council.
“I was moved by the level of enthusiasm from all of those who turned out.”
Cllr Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council, said:
“Apprenticeships are great alternatives to further studies as young people can earn as they learn, stay close with their families, and reduce living costs.
“The Apprenticeship Show was a lively event where people across the borough were able to talk to employers and apprentices in person. Being able to seek out specific employers and learn about the experiences from current apprentices, made it a really meaningful event for those seeking future career opportunities in Solihull.”