The month of March welcomed National Apprenticeship Week (and National Careers Week) and the team at Futureworks Yorkshire were kept very busy meeting and greeting groups totalling over 9,000 young people!
Kicking off on Monday 6th March, the team attended the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair at the First Direct Arena. A total of 5,962 visitors attended during the 4 hours, almost a 20% increase on the figures from last year and a new record for this event! Talking about careers in the construction industry, the team were on-hand to offer information, advice and guidance, showcase the different roles available in the industry and the routes people can take to make their career aspirations come true.
Then, Wednesday 8th March came along and this was all about interaction and ‘Give Construction a Try’, taking place at Leeds Rhinos Headingley Stadium. The event was organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Keepmoat and Generation Training, with 2000 students from across West Yorkshire attending. Visitors were able to participate in over 30 different hands-on construction related activities, including scaffolding, surveying and engineering. The event aimed to inspire young people in West Yorkshire to consider a career in construction and raise awareness of the diversity of roles and opportunities the industry has to offer. Employers and training providers were on hand to discuss career options with students. Futureworks Yorkshire were there talking Health & Safety, giving students the opportunity to see what it is all about and get involved and generally promoting apprenticeship opportunities. After a full day it was then the turn of anyone to pop in and get some advice on apprenticeships and the industry.
The week concluded with a Careers and Enterprise Event at Malet Lambert School in Hull with 1,400 young people attending. The focus of the event was ‘Encounters with Employers and Employees’ to provide students with the opportunity to talk to a range of employers from different industry sectors and gain knowledge about the industry and the types of opportunities that are available within the sectors. It was also a significant part of National Careers Week for the school. There was a Careers Fair for Year 9, 10 and 11, plus a day of interactive activities with various employers for Year 9 pupils. Futureworks Yorkshire were there with Construction Works, talking about opportunities in the built environment, engineering and construction and routes into the industries and showcasing the achievements of some of our apprentices.
The full week was a fantastic opportunity to get the information out there as to the exciting opportunities available across construction and built environment. And even though the week is over and comes once a year, we won’t stop shouting about what we do, why we do it and how people can make their way on to the career ladder in what can be described as an exciting and growing industry full of opportunities.
[Photo: Catherine Bishop, Director at Futureworks Yorkshire talking to students at Malet Lambert school]