Midland training group braced for bumper attendance at major regional careers event

14th Mar

Leading Midlands training organisation BCTG is planning a large presence at one of the biggest careers events of the year.

Thousands of businesses, young people and their parents are set to attend National Apprenticeship and School Leavers Event and Conference on Friday, March 25 at Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Black Country-based BCTG will be exhibiting with its partner organisations Performance Through People (PTP) and The Apprenticeship Works.

Gill Durkin, business executive at PTP Training, said: “When we attended last year it was our first face-to-face event since the pandemic in 2020. 

“The event was well attended with a real breadth of exhibitors giving visitors a clear understanding of the career choices available, and staff were on hand to offer impartial advice and guidance to individuals and groups aged 14 to 35 years.

“This year all our organisations have seen a huge surge in demand for information and attendance at careers events and we are expecting bumper attendance figures as more people seek guidance and information – particularly about apprenticeships.”

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Opening this year’s event will be Kevin Davis (left), chairman of the Ladder Apprenticeship Foundation, which operates schemes in the Black Country, Greater Birmingham, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Mr Davis, who is also a member of the PTP board, said: “I’m so pleased to help kick off this event again.

“As chairman of the Ladder Apprenticeship Foundation and The Mercian Multi-Academy Trust, the event marries both my interests in secondary education and apprenticeships.

“Given the challenges the pandemic has posed to education and work, the importance of ensuring our students and apprentices get quality advice and guidance, which the event offers, is significant at this stage of their vocational journey.”

The National Apprenticeship and School Leavers Event is held every March and October, with 10,000 visitors attending every year.

The largest events of their kind in the Midlands, they offer businesses a way to get involved with inspiring, celebrating and promoting their apprenticeship, traineeship and retraining opportunities

Candidates looking for career opportunities come together with businesses, colleges and training providers.

More than 80 businesses, large and small, showcase their opportunities to an audience of thousands of 14 to 35-year-olds.

The event timings are 9.30am until 4pm and involve booked group visits from schools, sixth forms and colleges as well as students, parents, carers and families.

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