On 18th and 19th October over 60 employers, colleges and providers came together at Manchester Central to host the 2016 National Apprenticeship Show North.

School groups, families and individuals from across the North West were given the chance to find out more about all the fantastic apprenticeship opportunities on offer. They had the chance to meet and chat with employers from across a huge range of sectors including Aldi, ITV, Royal Mail, KPMG, Civil Service and United Utilities.

Over the two days employers and providers hosted a variety of interactive workshops and seminars; a demonstration on the life of an apprentice in the Army and a talk on the importance of social media awareness when applying for apprenticeship opportunities run by the Skills Company are just a few examples of the sessions attendees were able to take part in.

Throughout the event visitors were also able to meet with current and former apprentices to hear first-hand about their experiences. They shared some inspiring stories about their apprenticeship journeys and offered an insight into what the application process and apprenticeship training route might look like.

Lostock College was just one of the many Greater Manchester schools who brought their students along to take part in some of the shows activities and meet potential employers. Amanda Childs from the school was on hand to make sure their students we able to make the most of their visit and encouraging them to think differently about apprenticeships.

She said ‘it was fantastic to see employers from such a variety of industries. I am sure many of our students were unaware of the opportunities and variety of apprenticeships available to them. It’s really important that we encourage our students to think about their future and an event like this is great to help them start to think about careers in areas they may not have considered before’.

The event was also supported by the #SEEDIFFERENT campaign from the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub. The two-year campaign is helping to change perceptions surrounding apprenticeships across Greater Manchester and challenging people to see things differently. To find out more about the campaign and to access a huge range of useful resources visit the Apprenticeship Hub website.

The National Apprenticeship Show takes place around the country every year to promote the wide range of apprenticeships on offer, if you want to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities or to read more about the National Apprenticeship shows, please go here: