Huge Turnout for Havering's Apprenticeship Event

Havering Apprentice Ambassador presenting to pupils and parents
Published: Friday, 9 March 2018

Havering Council hosted their free annual apprentice event to help young people decide if an apprenticeship route could be the right path for them.

Local employers and apprenticeship training organisations hosted stands to parents and young people, promoting their schemes and opportunities for the first steps into career development. 

The organisations exhibiting on Wednesday 7 March at Hall Mead School, Upminster were:

  • MiddletonMurray
  • STC Group
  • Seetec
  • Halls of Ivy
  • IC training centre
  • Havering College
  • Building Craft College
  • Kingston Smith
  • Prospects
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS trust

Care City also showcased a range of careers in health and social care apprenticeship pathways

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children’s and learning, said: 

This was a great event for young people and their parents to understand the benefits of an apprenticeship. We were lucky enough to have guest speakers from  Lloyds and the London Borough of Havering Council, both provided a real insight into this route to work. 

“The Havering Council Apprentice ambassadors also presented to visitors, highlighting their journey from attending a Havering school to progressing into an apprenticeships and then into full-time work. The Council continues to increase the education offer in the borough and we look forward to more local businesses offering young people apprenticeships.” 

Steven Newberry, Case Officer, said:  

“By starting an apprenticeship I could enter into an industry with no experience. The apprenticeship allowed me to get my foot in the door and on the career ladder. I was able to learn everything it had to offer, and build up a professional network. Being able to earn a wage and learn at the same time was a great plus and I was entitled to holiday pay.”

Katie Paraboo, Business Admin Apprentice, said:

“University did not appeal to me because of the debt and I didn’t like the classroom environment. So I applied for an apprenticeship as I liked the thought of earning whilst I was learning. I wanted to learn more about how a business actually works eg the policies a business would have and how they apply it, how businesses work with each other and how to develop and maintain professional relationships.

“I am still half way through my apprenticeship and working towards my qualifications, but I have also undertaken a minute taking course and public speaking training which have massively helped me in my job.  I have learned people skills, minute taking, filing and how to use Excel spreadsheets, these are all skills I can use throughout any future career.”