Minister backs county's apprenticeship campaign
9th March 2018
The minister for apprenticeships, Anne Milton, attended a major event in Gloucester to encourage young people to train as engineers.
Yesterday Punchline sent one of its own apprentices, Matt Hall, to report on Festomane 2018 and to capture what an apprenticeship is all about.
Hundreds of Gloucestershire's young people and parents as well as potential employers flocked to the event at The Growth Hub at the University of Gloucestershire's Oxstalls Campus.
Festomane, the Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering, is a unique event to encourage young people to take up a career in engineering. The aim of the event was to introduce and inspire young people within the county and show them the variety of roles available.
Kathrin Beckerleg, Festomane board member and HR manager at Delphi in Stonehouse, was excited with the events move to a bigger venue.
"Festomane is growing to cover the whole of Gloucestershire in order to bring in a wider range of opportunities for young people and for employers," she said.
Richard Graham, Gloucester MP and the apprenticeship minister, both praised the work local employers within the industry are doing for young people. Mr Graham said, "The festival of manufacturing and engineering is a great way of highlighting the opportunities for young people across the county of Gloucestershire in businesses that are based here on their doorstep".
The organizers thanked all the exhibitors at this year's event. They hope that the young people of Gloucestershire enjoyed the show and hope to see them all next year.
The companies taking part included:
AJW Solutions (UK) Ltd
Berkeley Green UTC
Delphi Diesel Systems
Ecotricity Group Limited
EDT (Engineering Development Trust)
Enviro Technology Services Ltd
GE Aviation Systems
Hollingsworth & Vose Company Limited
IET - the Institution of Engineering & Technology
Omega Engineering Services
Omega Resource Group & Datum RPO
Paul Norman Plastics Limited
Royal Nay/Royal Marines
SB automotive academy
SGS Stroud College
STEMworks Ltd UCAS
Plus many more
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