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For 17-year-old Ryan Howells a trip to an apprenticeship event secured job prospects with one of the country’s leading security training firms.

The teenager from Coseley was one of hundreds of school leavers visiting The Real Apprenticeship Showcase when it pulled into The Village, in Dudley.

Among the scores of training providers on hand to give advice about apprenticeships was Brierley Hill-based Mercury Training Services.

The company specialises in apprenticeships in the home and business security industry.

Ryan said: “I have already studied electrical installation and am now looking for more training with a job. Coming to the Real Apprenticeship event has really helped because it has put me in touch with Mercury Security Systems where I hope to get an apprenticeship.”

Ryan is among hundreds of Black Country teenagers who are being urged to visit the free road shows where they can sign up for work with good quality training.

The Real Apprentice aim is to encourage students in Years 11, 12 and 13 to consider the many thousands of apprenticeship places available to them as part of a push to get more young people into employment with training.

The Real Apprentice showcase is organised by apprenticeship experts BCTG, based in Oldbury.

Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “The Real Apprentice has a very good reputation among training providers, colleges and employers who take part and give excellent advice and guidance to young people and their parents about current career opportunities. I would urge any school leaver who wants to consider all their post 16 options to come along to their nearest event.”

The Real Apprentice showcase pulls up at The Bethal Convention Centre, West Bromwich on March 10 and Molineux, Wolverhampton on March 12. All events run from 2-7.30pm and are free.

Anyone who wants to find out more about being a Real Apprentice can call 0845 873 3855 or go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk a href="http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk%3E">http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk>; or www.therealapprentice.org.uk


Pictured l-r Clare Fentham, from Mercury Training and 17-year-old Ryan Howells from Coseley.

• BCTG works with a range of training organisations across the West Midlands delivering a range of publicly and privately funded training initiatives. It is based In Taylors Lane, Oldbury.

• BCTG works closely with a range of public and private organisations, including the Skills Funding Agency which support many of our activities.

• BCTG has four main aims:

1. Engaging with young people and adults to take up vocational learning

2. Working with employers to help develop the skills their business needs to succeed

3. To improve the quality of education and training delivered in the West Midlands

4. Building partnerships across all the stakeholders interested in improving education and training.

• BCTG offers a wide range of information, advice and training services to suit the needs of young people, schools and training providers and employers.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews call Jane Williams on 01902 751565 or 07961 048613

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