AN APPRENTICESHIP fair drew in large crowds of school leavers from across the Hounslow borough looking to take their first step on the career ladder.
Around 230 young people from local schools turned up to the one-day job search event hosted by Rivers Academy West London, in Feltham.
They were given the chance to speak to a number of local employers including BskyB, British Airways, Hounslow Highways, and many more, to discover what jobs are available to them.
CV workshops were well attended alongside the one-to-one drop-in sessions for advice on CV’s and preparation for interviews, with at least 40 students signing up to the National Apprenticeship Service.
Students from host school Rivers Academy, as well as from St Marks Catholic School in Hounslow, The Green School for Girls in Isleworth, and Gunnersbury Catholic School in Brentford, were a few of the school's in attendance, on July 1.
Principal Paula Kenning, said: "Rivers Academy was delighted to host the Apprenticeship Fair and it was fantastic to see it so well supported by employers and prospective apprentices.
"Apprenticeships provide a first class alternative for young people who find that the university route into skilled employment is not for them, allowing them to gain critical workplace skills with employers who understand their training and development needs."
David Way, Executive Director, National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The demand for apprenticeships from young people has never been stronger. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification; setting them on the road to success in their chosen career."
The event has been funded by the Education and Employers Taskforce.