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National Apprenticeship Week inspires next generation of Solent's professionals

13 February 2024
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Left to right: Katie Bruce, employer engagement enterprise coordinator at Solent Partners with students from Burgate school, Fordingbridge; Gary Whittle, commercial director of Meachers global logistics and Burgate School teacher Jenny Hosegood - picture contributed
Left to right: Katie Bruce, employer engagement enterprise coordinator at Solent Partners with students from Burgate school, Fordingbridge; Gary Whittle, commercial director of Meachers global logistics and Burgate School teacher Jenny Hosegood - picture contributed

National Apprenticeship Week (February 5 -11) saw a range of events for young people take place, said Solent Partners - the collaboration promoting the prosperity and sustainability of the Solent economy.

The Solent Partners Careers Hub helped to organise a range of events over the week, from celebrations, careers evenings, business tours, to 'Immersive Experience' days.

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Pupils from Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, Hampshire had a tour of energy giant SGN, while Fordingbridge's Burgate school and sixth form visited logistics group Meachers.

Meanwhile, young people from Toynbee School in Chandler's Ford and over 200 of their parents had the opportunity to speak with employers and training providers sourced by the Careers Hub.

"National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to highlight the incredible options that apprenticeships provide for both students and businesses," said Solent Partners chair Rachael Randall.

"Through our Immersive Experience days, the Solent Careers Hub team want to inspire the next generation of professionals and foster meaningful connections between schools and local industries.
"Our feedback shows it is a positive and enjoyable experience for those taking part."

Lee Fenner, senior leader of learning for careers at Wildern School in Hedge End, Southampton, said: "We've had a really successful National Apprenticeship Week at the school.

"We've been sharing the Amazing Apprenticeships materials sent to us by the Solent Partners Careers Hub, and Year 8 and upwards have enjoyed the opportunity to find out about apprenticeship options in assemblies - thank you to the South Hampshire College Group for this!"

The Careers Hub also supported the Portsmouth Apprenticeship Bus, Shaping Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council's vehicle that over the week visited ten schools in the city with presentations by over 20 organisations and businesses.

Solent Partners Careers Hub aims to promote education and career development in the Solent region and strives to bridge the gap between academia and industry.


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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