The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London held a successful and well attended Apprenticeships Fair yesterday (30 January) to fill over 50 vacancies with a range of London-wide employers. Well over a hundred keen job seekers attended, taking advantage of on the spot careers advice, assessments and interviews.
The employers at the Fair included architectural practice John McAslan + Partners (JMP), CuroCare, St Lucy’s Care, One Housing and Rising Stars who were all looking for apprentices in Health, Social and Child care. Leading construction company,Ardmorecame along to recruit for apprentices in Construction trades andNorth London CareandDiamond Build Plcwere recruiting for Business Administration apprentices.Intertrainwas on hand to recruit railway engineering apprentices and pre-apprentices, andOrridgea leading provider of stock taking services for shops was recruiting for a range of general vacancies.
Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive at the College said: “Apprenticeships are great for young people because they are able to earn a weekly wage and gain important qualifications at the same time. Apprentices are great for employers because they get well trained and loyal employees who work to a very high standard. I would encourage any young person who is not currently on a course to come along to the Fair and to find out which of our apprenticeships is best for them.”
As well as a top line-up of employers the College’s own staff were recruiting for apprentices in Hairdressing and Beauty, Accounting Technicians and ICT and Computing
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy [Pic of Alma with Maria]
“I came along to see if I could do a hairdressing apprenticeship. I eventually want to be a Hairdressing Teacher, and this is a good place to start” Alma
ICT and Computing
Rita Shah, Curriculum Manager for ICT and Computing at the College said: “I have interviewed some excellent candidates today for a number of IT companies that the College is currently working with. Candidates often join our pre-apprenticeship scheme and we support them to develop the skills they need to get a job or apprenticeship.”
“I don’t want to be stuck in a classroom, it gets boring. I don’t want to be in the same class for two years - this way I get to have skills and better career opportunities, and more experience,” said Laina Cunningham who is seeking a career in health and social care.
Katie Bewsey and Amy Donoghue were at the Fair to represent CuroCare. Katie said: “It’s difficult to find people who are genuinely interested in Care. Coming to these fairs is a good way to find people who are truly passionate about it.”
“We’re looking for the ability to empathise, being passionate about care, being good with people, looking to progress in the industry and happy to work in a challenging environment”
Amy continued: “CuroCare benefits from the Apprenticeship Scheme as we are currently expanding. Having people from the very beginning, and trained by us, who are generally younger – they bring new skills to the table.”
“Our apprentices gain good experience in the work place, experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and with professionals with different skills. It means that if they want to branch off they can.”
Diamond Build PLC
“I find it hard to concentrate in a classroom, it’s easier to learn when I’m doing it. If I hadn’t done this apprenticeship, I might have gone to university, but I think nowadays experience is more valuable,” said Davia Dughton.
Diane Jameson and Emma Grostate where giving out advice on behalf of Diamond Build PLC.
Diane said: “The job fair has been a success – we will definitely find two maybe three apprentices from this trip.”
Emma added: “By having an apprentice you are helping young people, and it’s a relatively low cost way for the company to develop skills in young people to make them ready for the work place.”
Gabriel from Rising Star Nurseries said: “The Fair is an opportunity to have a chat with the applicants, get to know them and we hope we can offer 1-2 places. We’re meeting like-minded, passionate people.”
“Apprenticeship schemes work as we want to train and develop our own staff. The scheme allows us to create the sort of staff that we want to employ, and we want to be able to branch out. It’s ideal.”
“We are Ofsted inspected so the apprentices receive good practice and experience from a highly rated company.”
One Housing Group
Patricia Bositamben said: “Job fairs are a great way to get to know candidates. The people who take the time to come are generally more eager to work.”
“Meeting us face-to-face, the learners get to know us and the relationship carries on. It will be us who they go on to work and have contact with.”
Mina Begum continued: “It’s been good working with the college, very clear and informative. They help us to recruit and they understand what we are looking for and send us the right people.”
Soumaia Chetouan said: “We like coming to Fairs to recruit rail track engineering pre-apprentices. You can’t always expect people to come and knock on your door so you have to go out into the community and explain what it is we do and have to offer. Our pre-apprentices leave with a qualification that enables them to get work as a railway engineer and then they are well placed to go on to get a job or apprenticeship.”
Eillish Kwai said: “It’s been a really good day. A lot of young people have attended and we have a range of apprenticeships to offer to good quality candidates.”
Her colleague, Michelle McAuliffe added “We have about 30 apprenticeships to offer across a range of trades across in the boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Hammersmith and Kensington.”
“We have a number of jobs to offer in stocktaking. We have close links to the College’s warehousing course. We are impressed with the quality of candidates we have seen at the Fair today,”
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- Last Updated: 10 February 2014