Record numbers at Apprenticeship Fair

A record number of students and employers took part in the 2020 Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 7 February.

It’s fantastic to see more and more young people considering an apprenticeship as a way of getting on in life.

Close to a thousand school students from across Kent and nearly 60 apprenticeship employers took part in the event at Maidstone Leisure Centre. Including students from three schools in Faversham and Mid Kent, along with local employer – Shepherd Neame.

I was pleased to host the event once again, along with other Kent MPs. This was the third year running the event has taken place and coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.

Students were able to speak with the employers to find out more about the apprenticeship roles on offer and some organisations were even advertising live vacancies throughout the day.

Events like this are so important for helping young people navigate the apprenticeship system and finding a career path that is right for them. We’ve got some fantastic employers in this country – and with wages rising and confidence in our economy, this is an exciting time to be entering the world of work.