Discover the benefits of hiring apprentices at the University of Gloucestershire's special information and networking event

Head to the University of Gloucestershire for a unique chance to network and learn from apprenticeship experts from a variety of industries in an exhibition to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2024.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Part of National Apprenticeship Week 2024, the University of Gloucestershire is hosting an information and networking event for businesses and those hoping to kick off their career in the workplace.

Themed around 'Skills for Life', deputy director of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), Carmel Grant, is among the top speakers taking the stage at the University of Gloucestershire's information and networking event on Wednesday 7 February 2024.

The free event is designed to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships to businesses, with a variety of panel discussions and talks taking place throughout the day from 2pm until 5pm.

Highlighting how employers can set up apprenticeships to meet business needs while also providing information about how the UK government's Apprenticeship Levy is enabling businesses to offer apprenticeships, companies from across the county can discover how taking on an apprentice can be a rewarding way to improve productivity and kick off someone's career.

Director of business engagement and partnership at the university, Dr Polly Pick, said: 'This year, the theme nationally is ‘Skills for Life’ and we will be reflecting this in our agenda by looking at how apprenticeships and ‘returnerships’ can offer opportunities for individuals of all ages, as well as the benefits for employers and the wider economy. 

'We are delighted to announce that this year’s event will bring together employers, schools and apprenticeship providers to help encourage increased collaboration.  

'As a provider of degree apprenticeships ourselves, we’re delighted to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2024 and highlighting the benefits to employers within the region.'

Carmel Grant leads the development programmes for T Levels, Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) and post-16 qualifications at IfATE and will be presenting a talk entitled 'Apprenticeships — the national context and future development'.

A talk from the university's vice-chancellor, Clare Marchant, entitled 'Connections for Growth, Business, Skills and a Thriving Gloucestershire' will also take place on the day, as well as a panel featuring Clare Vertigan from South West Apprenticeship Company; Business West's Matt Tudge; Sarah Taylor-Phillips from Career Voyage; and Rob Pickup from Gloucestershire Careers Hub.

Tickets for the event at the university's Oxstalls Campus are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite — with a selection of refreshments included.


Apprenticeship networking event at the University of Gloucestershire


Wednesday 7 February 2024


From 2pm until 5pm


Admission is free, but attendees are required to RSVP in advance

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