Last week, Weston College, in conjunction with the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust, delivered the Apprenticeship Career Open Evening, which took place at the North Bristol Rugby Club, with over 140 people in attendance, looking to explore their future career pathways.
The event specialised in the Engineering, Health, Digital and Construction industries, with attendees able to access support from Weston College’s award-winning Apprenticeships and Careers team, watch talks from the College’s Engineering and Green Skills faculty, and meet employers, such as the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, GKN Aerospace, National Composites Centre, and Wessex Water who all have apprentice vacancies.
Luke Wheaton tragically lost his life in the Avonmouth accident in 2020. Luke was an apprentice for Wessex Water and the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust was set up by his parents and brother to celebrate his memory and aims to support and encourage young people on their journey through life, by furthering their education outside the classroom, and developing skills. The Trust is made up of trustees from members of Luke’s family, Bradley Stoke Community School, North Bristol Rugby Club, Stoke Lane Football Club and Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club.
Tracie Leahy, the Head of Apprenticeships and Traineeships Recruitment at Weston College, commented: “We are so thrilled at the turnout for this event and being able to work so closely with the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust was brilliant; we are planning to work with them again in the future to enable more people to access support and advice on apprenticeships as a career pathway.
“Having the opportunity to talk to so many potential apprentices about their future pathways was the highlight of the event for the Weston College team. I really look forward to seeing how the people we spoke to progress, and I hope to see lots opting for the apprenticeship route!”