Apprenticeship Information Fairs held at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London earlier this week proved popular as people flocked from across north London to find out more and to sign up.

The two day event offered people the opportunity to find out about a wide range of apprenticeships on offer in areas such as fashion, IT and construction.

Apprenticeships are jobs that allow people to earn a qualification as they work, which means they can learn and earn at the same time.

Organisations such as NiTP (National Institute of IT Practitioners) and Fashion Enter were present at the event - held at the Colleges Tottenham and Enfield centres. Both organisations have apprenticeships available and are looking for young people to recruit as soon as possible.

The College’s Apprenticeships First recruitment agency, which matches employers with young people, was also at the Fair registering people and providing advice and guidance.

The College also offers a wide range of apprenticeship courses for those who are already in employment and want to become qualified in the field they are working in.

Two schools at the College who offer courses - the School of Construction, and the School of Science - were on hand to offer advice and information to people in employment about what and how they would learn if they became an apprentice. 

Leon Cox and Luke Whittaker (pictured), both 17, came along to the Fair to find out about Apprenticeships in plumbing. Leon said: “Apprenticeships are more fun. They allow you to get out and about and do things rather than sitting behind a desk, which is okay for some people but not everyone.”

Leon, who left school at 16, added: “I’ve had small jobs since leaving school but nothing that could turn into a career. That’s why I decided to come along today and see if I could get a job where I can train at the same time.”

Vice Principal, Jane O’Neill, said: “Apprenticeships offer young people a paid job which enables them to get valuable work experience as well as their qualification.  Many young people are turning to Apprenticeships as the graduate jobs market becomes less and less certain despite rising tuition fees.

“Apprenticeships lead to great careers and we do them particularly well at the College.”

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