Crowds flock to GC to learn about apprenticeships
Job seekers and employers in Gloucestershire received a boost last night, when over 1,000 people visited Apprenticeship Information Evening at Gloucestershire College.
The event, aimed at explaining how apprenticeships work and helping potential apprentices find and apply for the right vacancies, was attended by 32 local companies on the lookout for apprentices. The GC Gloucester Campus was a hive of activity as guests chatted to employers and current apprentices in the six industry zones, received advice from the GC experts and made applications on the night.
Employers at the event included construction and engineering firms: Clarkson Evans, Complete Utilities, Spirax Serco, Poeton and Leoni; financial businesses: Hazlewoods and St James Place; healthcare companies: Flexicare and Gloucestershire NHS Trusts; as well as catering and hospitality venues, Calcot Manor, The Patisserie Box and Dumbleton Hall Hotel.
Julie Tegg, Head of Work Based Learning at the College was delighted that the event was such a success. She said:
“Over 500 potential apprentices and their families came along to find out more about the wealth of opportunities available to them around the county, and we received well over 100 applications for our live apprenticeship vacancies on the night.
“The popularity of the evening reflects how an increasing number people of all ages are recognising the benefits of apprenticeships and choosing this route as a way to build a career.”
Bee Pellaux, from Cheltenham based catering company The Patisserie Box, was one of the employers at the event. She was looking to recruit an Apprentice Pastry Chef to join her team, which specialises in creating ready-to-serve desserts for the hospitality and leisure industries.
She said: “It was a very successful evening. It was great to meet prospective apprentices face to face and we were encouraged by the number of people that wanted to become a pastry chef. It was great to have something like this organised for us.”
Tilly Zeal (17), from Cheltenham is a current Apprentice Pastry Chef with Patisserie Box, supported by Gloucestershire College. She said: “I am really enjoying it. I wanted to find something to challenge me and this is interesting, fun, and I am learning a lot.”
If you missed the event, the College constantly updates its current apprenticeship opportunities on the Apprenticeship Vacancies page of its website. Find it at: www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships
You can also come along to GC Open Evening this May to find out more about apprenticeships and full-time courses at Gloucestershire College. Book your place at: www.openeveningsatGC.co.uk