Emma stated that the company believes “it is important for young people to gain knowledge and insight on various industries to allow them to make informed decisions about their future career.”
The talk was organised by the college’s Engineering Department to allow students to network with potential employers as part of the employability agenda. Emma Barbour presented on the Foundation Apprenticeship Programme available to school and college leavers. The three-year programme allows students to gain industry recognised qualifications from the in-house training school whilst gaining skills, knowledge and experience in their chosen craft. The crafts available to choose from are Jointers, Overhead Linespersons and Fitters.
When asked why industry experience is important, Emma commented: “Meeting with employers face to face, or indeed undertaking work experience is a great way to establish whether a certain type of career is right for you. It is also important to remember that what career choice you make today, doesn’t mean you have to stick to that for the rest of your working career. The world is your oyster but for now, you just need to work out where to start that journey.”
Applications for 2017 are opening soon. Find out more about the Foundation Apprenticeship Programme.
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