South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair

Jobseekers are being invited to come and meet employers at the South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair in Hengrove at the end of this month (February).

Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has teamed up with City of Bristol College, Bristol City Council and the Department of Work and Pensions to organise the event – which takes place at the South Bristol Skills Academy.

The fair will feature some of the city’s biggest employers looking to recruit apprentices and new staff – including some key local businesses such as Babcock International and Robbins Timber.

The event comes as latest UCAS figures reveal Bristol South sends just 15.9 per cent of its 18-year-olds to university – compared with 31.4 per cent nationally. In all other areas of Bristol the figure is significantly higher.

Ms Smyth who organised two similar events in 2017 and 2018 says she wants to ensure quality apprenticeships are available as an alternative to university for local school leavers.

She says: “I’m working with schools and colleges to ensure that more young people in Bristol South have the opportunity to go to university; but I recognise that university isn’t the only route to a decent career which is why I’ll continue to focus on quality apprenticeships…

“Post-16 options can be confusing and I wanted to help students and their parents to navigate this…Many of the stalls at the fair are run by apprentices themselves, so it’s a great opportunity to hear what it’s like from the people who know.”

Principal and Chief Executive at City of Bristol College, Lee Probert, says: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn a wage whilst gaining the skills and experience needed for many careers. They are available at various levels including degree, offering first-hand experience and an alternative route to learning.”

The event takes place ahead of the annual National Apprenticeships Week which runs from 4-8 March and celebrates the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

The South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair will be held on Thursday 28 February from 11am-3pm at the South Bristol Skills Academy in The Boulevard, Hengrove Park.