More than 100 people have attended the inspiring Careers Expo at Nelson and Colne College, with young soon-to-be professionals from across Burnley and Pendle taking the chance to learn more about apprenticeship, volunteering, traineeship, and work placement opportunities.
Offering school and college leavers, job seekers, or individuals looking for a career change the chance to speak to employers and apprentices across a wide range of sectors and view live vacancies, expert members of staff from the college’s Apprenticeship Team, Careers Team, and University Centre were also on hand to provide high quality careers advice and guidance.
More than 30 businesses from a broad selection of employment sectors - including Business and Professional Services, Catering and Hospitality, Childcare, Creative and Digital, Engineering, Health and Social Care, and Information Technology - were represented on the night alongside Burnley FC in the Community, who offered information on a new Traineeship programme that will be delivered in partnership with Nelson and Colne College.
One of the employers who found the event a success was Suzanne Winslow, Group Apprenticeship Manager at Daisy Communications, who said: “We’re offering some of our entry level positions now as Apprenticeships, which we have never done before and it is an exciting time for us.
“I’ve spoken to a number of people, received a few CVs, had people enquiring about work experience and identified a couple of people who we would be very interested in speaking to further, so it has been very useful," she added.
Nelson and Colne College A-Level English Language, French, and Geography student, Emily Shapland (17) added: “I came to the Expo to see the variety of businesses in attendance offering Apprenticeships.
“I don’t want to go to university – I’d rather earn and learn on the job. I spoke to a financial advisor and that was interesting.”
Leah Woods (17) from Colne was also attending, said: “I really enjoy working with people so I was looking for an Apprenticeship in customer services with any of the companies present. I found it really informative – I’ve made some good contacts and a couple expressed an interest in arranging work experience placements so I’m hoping one of those develops into something more.”
The likes of Lancashire Constabulary, Royal Air Force, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Pendle Borough Council Human Resources, Armed Forces, Fagan and Whalley, Pendle Engineering, McDonald’s, The Prince's Trust Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Farnworth and Rose Solicitors, April Hairdressing, and Christina Clegg Independent Financial Advice were just some of the businesses on hand.