1,000 youngsters flock to jobs fair

Caerphilly County Borough Council and Careers Wales hosted a second Live Vacancy Event to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week. The event brought together more than 60 employers and training providers to offer apprenticeships and job opportunities to those aged 16 to 24.


The event, which was organised in partnership with Caerphilly Council’s Youth Service, was first introduced last summer and the demand has seen it return for the second time less than a year later.

The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council Cllr. John Bevan before the doors opened to the public at Sue Noake Leisure Centre in Ystrad Mynach.

More than 1,000 young people attended the event to discuss job and apprenticeship opportunities from employers across various sectors including retail, central government, the Armed Forces, contact centres, industry and many more.

 

Graham Bowd Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “It was encouraging to see so many people attending the Live Vacancy event."

“It’s important young people have the opportunity to speak to employers face-to-face as it helps break down the barriers to employment and gives them a chance to have an open and honest conversation about their futures.”

“The focus of the event was on vocational routes into work, aligning with the aims and goals of National Apprenticeship Week and it helped demonstrate the wide variety of apprenticeship courses across different sectors."

“Seeing so many major local and national employers at the event not only demonstrated the strong partnerships we have with companies but also how much these employers value Wales’ future workforce.”

Cllr Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member responsible for the Wellbeing of Future Generations commented: “I am pleased that so many young people have had the opportunity to view the hundreds of employment and training opportunities on offer from so many organisations.”

“We are committed to supporting our young residents along their chosen path after leaving fulltime education. The growing popularity of this event and other activities planned by the Youth Service identifies that there is a demand for these services and we will continue to strive to meet these demands.”

For more information on Careers Wales services visit www.careerswales.com or speak to a member of our team on our webchat service.

 

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