Top 10 reasons to visit an apprenticeship event

What are apprenticeship career events? 

Apprenticeship career events are designed to provide insights, opportunities, and resources related to apprenticeship programs. Such events typically feature workshops, presentations, and networking sessions where attendees can learn about different apprenticeship standards, connect with employers, and gain valuable information to kickstart their apprenticeship journey.


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What happens at a recruitment event?

At a recruitment event, you can expect various activities such as interviews, tasks, and informational sessions. Employers typically share their company culture, job opportunities, and application process. Job seekers can engage with recruiters, learn about available positions, and sometimes even apply for jobs directly.


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How to find apprenticeship events near me

To find apprenticeship events in your area, start by checking online platforms such as government apprenticeship websites, industry-specific forums, social media groups, and event sites like Eventbrite. Additionally, local schools, colleges, and career centres often host or promote apprenticeship events. 


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Apprenticeship events in 2024 

In 2024, apprenticeship events continue to be valuable opportunities for those seeking hands-on training and career advancement. Keep an eye on local listings and industry websites for upcoming events in 2024.

Access Industry event with employers and potential apprentices


Once you’ve done your research and identified suitable events, you may want to pop them into your online or physical calendar. Make a note of what you aim to get out of them, and do some digging to learn more about the organisations that will be there. 

Read more about our 10 top reasons to visit an apprenticeship event below:


1) Information gathering 

Apprenticeship events provide a wealth of information about various trades, industries, and apprenticeship programs available in your area. 

Visiting an apprenticeship event presents the perfect opportunity to gather information. Many employers and training providers will supply you with brochures, leaflets, and other relevant materials. Not to mention that they often hand out pens, notebooks, and other cool branded gadgets, even sweets and chocolate! Oh, and don’t forget to bring a bag to put all your freebies in… (who doesn’t love a good freebie!) 

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2) Networking opportunities 

There are plenty of opportunities to network at apprenticeship events, and this will enable you to stand out from the crowd. By attending, you will have access to  a room full of industry insiders, employers, and fellow apprentices. You can find out more information about the organisations there, their hiring processes, and even speak to existing and former apprentices who can shine light on the apprenticeship program itself, from a learner perspective. 

Engaging in conversations and exchanging contact information could lead to job interviews, mentorship, or insightful advice on career progression. Building relationships not only expands your professional network, but also enhances your understanding of the industries you’re interested in. Ultimately, this increases your likelihood of securing rewarding employment opportunities!

As a top tip, we recommend taking an up-to-date CV with you. After all, it’s a lot easier to engage with potential employers face-to-face and leave a lasting impression. 

You should also consider setting up a LinkedIn profile before attending events. It’s the largest professional social media platform, and is an ideal channel for connecting with employers. Check out this helpful guide to help you build your profile. 


3) Hands-on experience 

Don’t underestimate the power of hands-on experience when seeking apprenticeship opportunities. Not only do employers value such experience, but they also help you to identify your passions and interests. 

Do you know which apprenticeships you want to apply for? If not, you’ll want to learn more about what each apprenticeship program and job role involves. Sometimes the best way to know whether you’ll like something is to give it a go. The good news is that some events have immersive hands-on workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. For example, for digital marketing apprenticeships there could be a creative task where you can put your skills to the test. 

So, get stuck in! If you spot a workshop or demonstration, put yourself forward, and don’t be afraid to give it a go. These activities aren’t there to catch you out, but rather to support you. 

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4) Ask questions 

Make a list of questions you have about apprenticeships and bring them with you to the event. There are always representatives around, so you’ll be able to clarify anything you are unsure about.

Whether you have a question about the application process, expectations during training, or potential career paths after completion, the events will help you navigate the world of apprenticeships. As a result, you can make informed decisions about your future career endeavours. 

It’s a good idea to take note of answers, as this not only demonstrates your interest, but also helps you remember crucial information. You can also find more information about creative and digital apprenticeships at Access Industry, and GOV.UK. 


5) Discover different career paths 

Another good reason to attend apprenticeship events is because they allow you to explore diverse career paths. Did you know there are over 1,300 different types of apprenticeship standards?

Whether you’re drawn to traditional trades, like welding, or eager to explore cutting-edge fields, such as software development, apprenticeship events offer a glimpse into the diverse landscape. 


6) Gain advice and guidance 

Take advantage of the fact you’ll be in contact with the experts themselves! If you want accurate information, speak to employers or apprenticeship training providers directly.

Ask employers what they’re looking for from a candidate, and how you can increase your chances of success when applying. This will help keep you one step ahead of other candidates. It’s also a lot easier to build rapport in person, so make the most of this!

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7) Learn about earning potential 

Need we give you any more reasons to attend an apprenticeship event? Well, if you’re eager to earn, then you’ll want to stick around for this next part…

Apprenticeships are known for their “earn whilst you learn” approach, which means you’ll gain valuable work experience and skills while receiving a salary.

It’s important to note that earning potential will differ depending on your location, age, industry, and other factors. Therefore, you might want to consider speaking to apprenticeship experts at the event who will be able to inform you about salary ranges, potential wage increases, and pathways for career progression. 


8) Access to resources 

Remember our reference to freebies earlier? By attending an apprenticeship event, you will have access to an abundance of resources that you can take away and digest in your own time. 

Having brochures, leaflets, and other materials are a great reference point, so be sure to keep them safe! (That’s right, we’re talking to you who bins leaflets immediately after…)

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9) Meet potential employers 

Showcase your skills and enthusiasm directly to employers attending who are actively seeking apprentices. Engaging with organisations allows you to learn about potential jobs and how you may align with these. 

Remember to be yourself, smile, and demonstrate your active interest in the apprenticeships you want to apply for. At best, you set yourself apart and increase the chances of a successful application. At worst, you walk away with experience, armed with knowledge to ensure you progress next time. 


10) Inspiration and motivation 

Witnessing the success stories of former or current apprentices can ignite a powerful sense of inspiration and motivation. You will undoubtedly walk away feeling inspired and ready for professional growth.

Apprentices and employers at Access Industry apprenticeship event


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If you’re feeling inspired after reading this, you’ll be itching to get started!

Why not check out our apprenticeship events? Boost your chances of securing a creative or digital apprenticeship by attending our ‘Access Talent’ events, designed to connect you with forward-thinking businesses who are hiring. 

Or, register your interest to become an apprentice

Last updated on: 2nd April 2024