A special bus which rolled into Lynn last week helped to highlight routes to new careers.
The Signpost 2 Skills bus is a double decker which was touring the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP area, promoting apprenticeship opportunities to local schools, young people and businesses.
Visitors were welcomed on board to #JoinTheJourney to discover how apprenticeships can have a positive impact on businesses and career paths.
The bus stopped at Springwood High School and Alive Lynnsport when it visited Lynn last Wednesday.
It was manned by an expert crew of apprenticeship providers, members of the LEP’s own Signpost 2 Skills team and local apprentices who shared their first hand experiences with visitors.
At Springwood, more than 80 students wanted to find out more about apprenticeships and what they can offer. Representatives from the College of West Anglia, Merit Skills, Steadfast, Training and All Trades Training plus Elliot Fisher, from British Sugar, were all present to offer advice.
Stella Cockerill, head of skills at the GCGP LEP said: “This was the first apprenticeship bus tour Signpost 2 Skills has held in the patch. It was great to receive such a warm welcome. We were given the chance to meet many young people who were eager to learn more about how they can act now to shape their future careers when they leave education.
“They asked about the types of jobs and sectors they could enter through an apprenticeship, as well as the difference between how an apprenticeship might benefit them compared to university or other further education options.
“Apprenticeships also offer the chance for businesses to benefit from new and ambitious employees, and enables apprentices the opportunity to learn and earn, all whilst gaining important, hands-on business experience. If you run a business and are keen to learn about how an apprentice could be right for you, we are always happy to discuss this further and I would encourage you to get in touch with The Skills Service team.”
For more information on The Skills Service or apprenticeships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 863696.