Choose Your Future Apprenticeships

More than 700 pupils from the Gwent valleys, 38 employers and 12 training providers gathered at Risca Leisure Centre recently for the first ever Choose Your Future Apprenticeship event held in the region.

Organised by Careers Wales in partnership with Islwyn MP Chris Evans, the event aimed to help young people consider their futures by bringing them into contact with some of the regions largest employers.

The event, held on the 15th November was so successful it will now become an annual fixture in the Islwyn calendar. 

Over 50 employers including Barclays Bank, BAE systems and the Armed forces were on hand to tell pupils about various apprenticeships on offer. 

Opening the event alongside Risca Community Comprehensive School headteacher, John Kendal, Mayor Mike Adams, Deputy Mayor, Julian Simmonds and Andrea Jones from Careers Wales.


After the event, Mr Evans said, “It is so important that young people are given an opportunity to see all of their options, so that they can make an informed choice for their future."

John Kendal of Risca Comprehensive Community School said of the event, “I was delighted our students were able to attend the apprenticeships Fair today. It’s really important they are made aware of the wealth of opportunities available to them and I‘d like to thank all the exhibitors who gave up their time. It was a very enjoyable and really informative event and I hope it can become an annual one here in Risca.”

Nikki Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “Pupils are often uncertain about what they can do with their future and the direction to take."

“This is why it’s so important that pupils come to events, such as the Risca apprenticeship event, to explore all the options that are available to them."

"Being able to talk to current apprentices and employers first-hand about what is on offer in different sectors and what apprenticeships involve is extremely helpful for pupils as they can see how to capture these opportunities themselves."

“Getting young people interacting with employers early on is really important to helping their understanding of how apprenticeships work and how gaining hands-on experience through training can grow their skills and build towards their future.”

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