Students preparing to leave Hull’s Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) are being given the chance to meet a wide range of employers to discuss apprenticeships and potential future career opportunities at a special event.
The Apprenticeship Expo is the first time the school has opened its doors to businesses who are not already employer partners of Ron Dearing UTC for an event focused on employment opportunities.
Organised by recruitment specialist Emmerson Kitney, a partner of Ron Dearing UTC, the expo will enable more businesses to showcase their companies to students considering their career options.
The event will take place at the employer-led school in Kingston Square, Hull city centre, from 1pm to 4pm on Friday, April 26.
At least 20 businesses will attend – all of whom already have apprenticeship vacancies available, or are planning to offer apprenticeship programmes in the near future. Mechanical, electrical and design-related roles are on offer, as well as development, support and marketing opportunities.
Of the 200 students who are due to attend, 60 17 and 18-year-olds are about to leave the sixth form at Ron Dearing UTC and are looking for Level 4 opportunities; 40 15 and 16-year-olds are leaving Year 11 and looking for Level 3 opportunities; and 100 have another year of studying before they leave.
This summer will see the first group of students complete their studies and move on to further opportunities since Ron Dearing UTC opened in September 2017 offering a unique education model with a specialist focus on digital technology and digital engineering.
Specialist subjects studied by the students include digital technologies, computing, digital media and engineering in a range of disciplines including design, manufacture, electrical and mechanical, systems control and automation.
The Apprenticeship Expo is the latest stage in a continuing programme of support for students aimed at ensuring they are fully prepared to apply for and secure apprentice positions as they look ahead to their future careers.
Tim Watson, commercial manager at Emmerson Kitney, which is based in Welton, East Yorkshire, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, said: “This is a great opportunity to inspire young people and for businesses to grow the next generation of talent.
“There are skills shortages in key areas, so the expo is also a chance to address this, and students will be able to speak directly to employers. Engineering roles, for example, are a huge part of our local economy and digital skills are and will continue to be in high demand.
“We’ve had a great response from businesses wanting to get involved in the expo. Many employers are opening up to apprenticeships as being a really important part of their future and they are choosing to invest in developing talent with business growth in mind, rather than simply plugging skills gaps in the short term.
“At Emmerson Kitney, our specialisms include engineering, marketing and information technology, so supporting the UTC and its students with this expo feels like the right thing to do. We are hugely passionate about developing and retaining talent that will support the growth of the Humber region.
“We want to create positive opportunities for young people and working with Ron Dearing UTC is an excellent way to do that. The school’s students are a great example of young people who know what they’re interested in and looking for.”
Businesses who have signed up to take part in the Apprenticeship Expo include Hessle-based managed technology provider The One Point; Victory Leisure Homes, which uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology at its Gilberdyke-based business; Hull-based green energy specialist Pure Renewables; and Market Weighton-based advertising agency Forward and Thinking.
Although the event is for businesses who are not already employer partners of Ron Dearing UTC, students also have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships with existing Partners, particularly with the Founding Partners – KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew and Spencer Group.
Earlier this year, about 260 Ron Dearing UTC students attended the school’s first Apprenticeship Expo, aimed at informing them about sought-after training opportunities with the UTC’s employer partners.
The event featured a series of presentations from the school’s Founding Partner and Major Partner businesses about apprenticeships available from summer 2019 and their likely future recruitment plans.
Ron Dearing UTC principal Sarah Pashley said: “We want to ensure our students have the widest possible choice of apprenticeships and future career options with local employers. It’s a key way in which students at Ron Dearing UTC get the edge over their counterparts in the competition for jobs.
“Having already staged an event to showcase apprenticeship opportunities with our Founding Partners and Major Partners, this event will spread the net wider. It will showcase to even more employers the depth of talent at the school and introduce our students to an even broader range of potential employers.”
Any business which would like to be involved in the Apprenticeship Expo and has apprenticeship opportunities available now, or in the near future, is asked to call Mr Watson on 01482 628808 or e-mail [email protected] for further information.