Speed dating event matches students to apprenticeships
Young people are being invited to dress to impress at a speed dating event with a difference.
The people they will be hoping to impress are a range of employers with apprenticeships to offer.
The event is being organised by college bosses and marks National Apprentice Week which takes place between March 11 and 15.
The initiative by Norton Radstock College, City of Bath College and Bath and North East Somerset Council follows a successful have-a-go event at the University of Bath which attracted more than 1,000 pupils from schools across B&NES.
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The European Social Fund supported event saw local employers and training providers delivering 4,000 skills taster sessions.
Lorna Crouch, Norton Radstock College's marketing officer, said: "Have-a-go provided positive exploration of post-16 options and impartial information, advice and guidance.
"Apprenticeship speed dating is the next step on from that really, as it offers young people short interviews with local employers who have current, live apprenticeship vacancies."
Miss Crouch said the event would also give opportunities for mock interviews, giving young people the chance to gain some interview practice, find careers information, receive feedback on their CV and register with the National Apprenticeship Service.
She said: "We encourage young people to bring around ten copies of their CV.
"This is a real opportunity to meet employers, find out more about different careers and enter the world of work."
From September, children will have to stay in full-time education until the academic year in which they turn 17.
Miss Crouch added: "The change means students can stay at school, move to a further education college or private training provider or take up an apprenticeship – there are many exciting choices.
"We want to highlight the fact that school isn't the only option."
The Speed Dating event takes place on Thursday, March 14, from 6pm to 8pm at Bath Rugby at The Rec.