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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Carlisle skills fair hopes to fill 150 apprenticeship posts

A skills fair in Carlisle tomorrow aims to fill 150 apprenticeship vacancies.

Youngsters are being told that those who complete an apprenticeship are almost certain to be offered a permanent job at the end of it.

The fair is run by the training provider GEN II at its Skills Centre at Unit F2, Kingmoor Park South.

Holly Woodhead, marketing and communications manager at GEN II, said: “The aim is to raise young people’s awareness of the careers they can have as an apprentice and meet employers that are recruiting apprentices.

“We will also be offering CV-writing and interview-skills workshops.”

Employers represented include Cumbria County Council, First Engineering Services, Hunters Engineering and Welding, Innovia Films, Mallinson Fabrications, Thwaites Services and Tweddle Fabrications.

GEN II also trains apprentices for other large firm such as British Gypsum, BSW Timber, Bendalls, Cavaghan & Gray, Furmanite International, Pirelli, McVitie’s and Nestlé.

It says that apprenticeships are available in electrical/electrical design, pipe fitting, mechanical/mechanical design, business and administration, welding, fabrication and plating, customer service, and warehousing. There are also vacancies for scientific and nuclear-operator roles.

All are open to young people aged between 16 and 24.

The selection process involves an aptitude test and interview.

GEN II’s figures suggest that 98 per cent of those who complete an apprenticeship are offered a permanent job.

This is the first time it has organised a skills fair but, if the event is a success, it could become an annual event. It runs from 4pm to 6pm and GEN II is laying on free transport from the city centre.

Minibuses leave at 4pm and 4.45pm from the Youth Zone in Victoria Place and from Tullie House, returning from Kingmoor Park at 6pm. To book a place on the minibus, text ‘SKILLS FAIR’ and your name to 07860 017169.

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