Hundreds attend Burnley apprenticeship fair

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More than 200 young jobseekers attended an apprenticeship fair at Burnley Job Centre.

The event was attended by the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador, Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle.

Gordon Birtwistle MP with jobseeker Niall Preston and Ken O'Shea from the Job Centre

Gordon Birtwistle MP with jobseeker Niall Preston and Ken O'Shea from the Job Centre

He said: “The importance of apprenticeships cannot be overstated. They offer a way in to work for young people, and puts money in their pockets so they can contribute to the local and national economy.

“Events such as this where local employers can attend is great for young people and businesses in Burnley.”

Mr Birtiwstle said there were now around 4,700 apprentices in the borough and added he wanted to see more.

Organisations attending the fair included Burnley Telematics, Age UK, Training 2000, Calico, Lancashire County Council, Pendle Borough Council, the British Army, North Lancs Training Group, Accrington and Rossendale College, Nelson and Colne College, Blackburn College and Themis.

Ken O’Shea, employment partnership manager at the Job Centre, said: “We invited all the young people who are our customers aged from 16 to 24.

“It was important that we did something to mark National Apprenticeships Week. We are grateful to Gordon and all the organisations that attended which offered a range of skill sets. We think there was something for everyone.”