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Brighter Futures event

The Jobs Hub, in Bedford, have organised a networking event involving a host of local businesses, all keen to network with individuals who are seeking apprenticeship opportunities.


The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, will open the event on Wednesday 27th March, from midday - 3pm, at the Aircraft Research Association, on Manton Lane, in Bedford.


The Aircraft Research Association (ARA) was selected as an ideal location to stage the event as the team at the Jobs Hub recognise the ARA as a superb example when it comes to promoting apprenticeships, and supporting Bedford’s local upper schools.


This month, National Apprenticeship Week ran from 11th-15th March, and served to highlight the countless achievements of apprentices and employers, and called on more organisations and individuals to get involved.


Bedford Borough is well ahead of the national and regional averages for helping people of all ages find apprenticeships. The latest figures show a 27% increase in apprenticeship starts in Bedford Borough during the first quarter of 2012/13 compared to the same period during the previous year. This is compared to an East of England figure of just under 4% growth and a national figure of less than 1% growth.


Representatives from The Jobs Hub, which secured ‘Matrix’* quality accreditation in December last year, will be present on the day. The Jobs Hub works to inform and introduce people to one another; providing the best possible advice and guidance on employment, skills and enterprise opportunities.


The Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said: “The team at the Jobs Hub have been working successfully in supporting people into work and providing the best possible advice and guidance on employment, skills and enterprise opportunities. This networking event they have organised continues that good work, and will bring together individuals seeking apprenticeship opportunities and firms which recognise the hugely valuable role apprenticeships can play in their business.”


On the day, there will be 19 stalls available. People can visit those stalls that appeal, and chat to the representatives present. The aim is to enable people to be even better placed to make informed choices about their futures.


There will be the opportunity to speak to employers and training providers about live apprenticeship vacancies, and some business will be bringing along their current apprentices to speak with their peers about how they got their apprenticeship and the benefits of choosing this path.


The National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service have kindly sponsored the event.

For further information contact the Jobs Hub Team on 01234 223510, or email rebecca.smith@bedford.gov.uk

Exhibitors on the day will include: Bedford College Apprenticeships, JHP, National Apprenticeship Service, BTG, B Constructive, Bedford Jobs Hub, Job Centre Plus, ARA, Beds Fire Service, Rexroth Bosch, NiTP, AAP, HIT, Advancing People, National Careers Service, Unilever, Develop EBP, In Training, Finance Cover & Training.


Note: The ‘Matrix’ standard is a quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career. 

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