Young people flock to Trafford Apprenticeship Fair



Hundreds of young people flocked to Trafford College for the latest Trafford Apprenticeship Fair.

The event, which was organised by the Council’s Strategic Growth and Connexions teams (SGT), was attended by 30 local employers, training providers, colleges and universities.Apprenticeship fair 1
The fair gives young people advice on taking up apprenticeships and gives them the opportunity to meet and talk to prospective employers on what they can expect from an apprenticeship.
Trafford Council, through the Apprenticeship SME Support Grant, also helps small companies by offering them a £3,000 grant to take on developing new talent and is available until March 2020.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

The Council is determined to play its part and support our local young people, with this Apprenticeships Fair another example of how we do this. It was very encouraging to see so many taking advantage of the opportunities the fair gave them to get advice and find out more about the varying apprenticeships that are out there."

Jess East, Student Recruitment Officer at Manchester Metropolitan University, said:

The Trafford Apprenticeship Fair was a fantastic event and a brilliant opportunity to speak to local people about apprenticeship opportunities. The event was really well organised and the central and easily accessible location meant that we were able to speak to young people and parents/carers from a wide range of schools and colleges. Students who approached the stand were really engaged and were very motivated to find out more about apprenticeships and how to apply."

Corporal Michael Walsh from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, met several young people at the event. He said:

It was a well organised and well ran event. Welcoming staff and polite students and parents. Some very good questions from both students and parents with a genuine interest in Army careers from a differing range of soldier and potential officer students. It was good to get the message across to students that all careers in the Army are an option for both male and female candidates."

Jessie Parkin, Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Bruntwood, said:

We found the day really valuable, and we always do, as we were able to meet the talent pool of the future and educate them about careers in our sector."

For further details about the Trafford SME Apprenticeship Package, please visit the Invest in Trafford Apprenticesahip Support page or contact the Council’s Strategic Growth Team on 0161 912 4176 or email

Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019