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Early Careers Fair promotes opportunities in construction and manufacturing

Plymouth’s leading construction and manufacturing businesses will take part in a huge joint apprenticeship and graduate recruitment drive.

Building Plymouth and the Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group (PMG) have joined forces once again to organise an inspiring showcase event on Saturday 11 March 2023, 10am-2pm at Plymouth Argyle Home Park.

Aimed at engaging young people, their parents and family, higher education leavers/ recent graduates, as well as adults who are considering a career change, the Fair will promote the breadth of careers and the exciting new entrant opportunities available in and around Plymouth for 2023 and 2024 starts.

Recruiting employers including Princess Yachts, Schneider Electric, Babcock, Kier Construction, AECOM, Persimmon Homes and WWA, will be out in force to promote their opportunities across trade, technical and professional career pathways. Local training providers exhibiting include City College Plymouth, Greenlight Safety and Training, and The Focus Training Group. Back again, will be the event’s Careers Café where visitors will be able to talk with Skills Launchpad Plymouth’s Youth Hub team and Careers Advisors to consider their next steps.

Emma Hewitt, Skills Lead at Plymouth City Council said: “It is brilliant to once again bring together our construction, built environment, manufacturing and engineering employers to showcase the fantastic opportunities available for launching early careers. With Plymouth facing its biggest capital build programme in 25 years, we have massive skills shortages to tackle in the construction industry so it is encouraging to see so many apprenticeships at all levels under recruitment, along with a growing number of graduate level vacancies. Our Fair will be the perfect place to get inspired through meeting local employers, to find out more about apprentice and graduate level opportunities and ultimately improve your chances of securing an early career opportunity – do not miss it!”

Karen Friendship, Chair of the PMG and Managing Director of Aldermans said: “Once again our members are excitedly looking forward to meeting young people and their families at our Early Careers Fair and showcasing our busy and dynamic sector to them. The manufacturers who are recruiting right now across a range of experiences and skill sets, are also thinking about their future employees and how important they will be to the growth and continued success of our businesses. That’s why this event has become so important for us to be able to engage with all those people who are considering the start of their career journey and open their eyes to the far-reaching opportunities they could have with our organisations. Whether you are looking to do an apprenticeship, A-Levels, T-Levels, full-time degree study or are graduating, there can be a place for you in a Plymouth manufacturer and you can go far. Of course, we need excellent engineers, fantastic technicians, and amazing designers, but we also need brilliant people in the other parts of the business from HR to Purchasing, and Project Management to Marketing. Anyone thinking about their next steps, should come along to our fair and have conversations with the employers, the training providers and the careers advisors there, it really could be the most valuable step you take.”

There will be a chance to try your hand at taster activities, demonstrations, competitions, and also to meet current apprentices and graduates already working in these dynamic and growing industries.

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