Companies across the UK inspire students at NewVIc’s Apprenticeship Fair
Over 20 national and international companies came together at one of London’s largest sixth form college for Newham’s first apprenticeship fair. The event was exclusively organised for NewVIc students to introduce them to a range of apprenticeships and work placements on offer. The four hour event saw employers’ scouting for new prospective apprentices and work experience placements.
With the introduction of the new T levels and the government initiative to reform vocational courses for 16-19 year olds, the apprenticeship fair primarily focused on equipping NewVIc students with the skills and behaviours needed for employment and higher education. Students engaged with employers from a vast array of businesses including British Telecom, Transport For London, Mercury, Bouygues, Costain, Galliford Try, NetworkRail, UK Power networks, Mount Anvile and Ford to find out about the application process, available support and career prospects once the apprenticeship has been completed.
Over 600 students attended to explore how businesses support apprentices in and after placements. Currently the college has secured placements with a number of East London companies; MACE who were responsible for the construction work on the Olympic village and the London Eye said: “We currently have three NewVIc students on placement with us, we plan to employ more students and be more involved with the interview process, so coming here today is great for us to understand the students better ’’
Andy Johnson, training coordinator from Ford said: “I have been very impressed with the level of interest and the calibre of the students. I have spoken to a number of students which I would be happy to take on, so I’m really looking forward to them applying.’’
Former NewVIc student and Atos apprentice Inderpal Lolay was also present to support students “NewVIc supported me through the interview process. I started as a Project Management Office Coordinator then progressed to analyst level…working for a large organisation has given me the opportunity to work across large programmes and roles”
With Apprenticeships becoming increasingly popular, they serve as an alternative to the traditional university route to employment. Lisa Parkhomchuk, Organiser and NewVIc Associate Principal said: “As well as the apprenticeship fair we will be introducing a new suite of professional courses to start in Autumn 2018, this includes substantial work placements with leading employers within engineering and construction, IT, health and social care and creative media’’.
NewVIc Work Related Curriculum Advisor and organiser Jane Nugent said: “One of the interesting outcomes is that students are more aware that companies cover many fields of work, so example BT takes apprentices for IT roles, engineering roles, communication roles, the list goes on.”
Principal Eddie Playfair said: “This apprenticeship fair was a great way for NewVIc students to find out about some of the best opportunities that are on offer. We are very grateful to all the employers who attended and who are investing in training future Newham’s workforce.”
Newham is a focus for investment and growth because of unique opportunities for development and excellent transport links. Galliford Try, project director Bradleigh Coker said “Newham is going through so many changes and it’s great to get residents involved in its development while developing themselves.’’