The Herald's Get Hired Expo offers jobs hope to school leavers
SCHOOL leavers don't have to be faced with the bleak prospect of youth unemployment because The Herald's major Get Hired Expo will give them the chance to learn about training and apprenticeships.
With Government figures showing that nearly one million people aged 16 to 24 are out of work in the UK, next month's expo will show Plymouth youngsters that they don't necessarily have to join them.
One leading exhibitor at the expo, Langage-based training company Skills Group, said it is keen to highlight the benefits of training and apprenticeships to school and college leavers, or those not in education or work.
Mandy Kerslake, Skills Group's apprenticeship manager, said: "We work with young people to successfully place them onto an apprenticeship or training programme, and with local employers who support the next generation by providing them with the opportunity, skills, training and knowledge to succeed.
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"At events like Get Hired we are able to talk to visitors about what we do, what's involved in completing an apprenticeship, or training programme, and talk about the current vacancies we have.
"It's entirely possible that someone attending this event could come and talk to us and after a 10-minute chat walk away with an interview for an apprenticeship lined up."
Skills Group is an Ofsted Outstanding training provider, which each year helps more than 1,000 learners achieve industry recognised qualifications and gain work experience.
It offers apprenticeships and training in construction, business administration, customer service, engineering, automotive, care and early years, hairdressing and flooring.
And the firm is just one of many organisations which will be at the free-to-enter expo, in the Guildhall, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, March 15. Among organisations already committed to taking part are City College Plymouth, Blue Screen IT, Plymouth Citybus, Cornwall College, Babcock, Europlas, National Marine Aquarium and Venus Training and Consultancy.
The Get Hired Expo also coincides with the final day of this year's National Apprenticeship Week.
The Herald decided to take its Get Hired campaign off the page and into the Guildhall because we want to bring employers and potential employees together to fill job vacancies and help individuals into employment.
And the expo will also focus on those in a job but wishing to retrain, and budding entrepreneurs aiming for self-employment too.
It's a step forward for the Get Hired campaign, which was launched last June with a mission to highlight job and training opportunities in the city.
During the past eight months The Herald has featured dozens of businesses and organisations striving to help the unemployed.
And we have told the stories of job-seekers, and their quests to find employment.
Several of those we have followed have found work or training.
And there is still the opportunity for firms, organisations and individuals to exhibit at the expo.
Employers with job vacancies should contact Chris Taylor, senior account manager, on 07920 503805 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Others, such as education and training providers, should contact David Kendall, media sales executive, on 01752 765619, or at email@example.com