College goes the extra mile to support youth employment!

Tyler meets the employers at Eastleigh College

One of the major challenges facing young people today is making the transition from school, college or university into employment.

As part of it’s commitment to supporting students’ career progression, Eastleigh College held a ‘Meet the Employer’ event on Wednesday, with 18 local employers recruiting for new Apprenticeship vacancies. An enthusiastic audience of over 160 young people seeking employment were introduced to local companies including Blake Lapthorn, First Wessex Ltd, Appetite Gourmet Catering, Lovell, and Applewood Joinery, to find out about the career opportunities on offer.

Vicky Mansfield, Director of Hamble-based Appetite Gourmet Cuisine, said:

“The event has gone really well, we’ve met quite a few potential apprentices and we’ll be inviting them in for an interview. I would definitely recommend this event to other companies looking for future apprentices; the College has been very helpful in guiding us through the whole process and introducing us to these potential employees.”

Hounsdown School pupil, Tyler Murray-Cronan, came along to the event to help her make decisions affecting her future career. Tyler said:

“The event has been really helpful, I now have a better understanding of what Apprenticeship options are available to me and I’ve decided that I definitely want to apply for a Business Administration Apprenticeship.”

Also in attendance were employment advisors from Engage Recruitment, a free service set up by Eastleigh College in 2011 to support students’ progression into employment, and to provide local employers with work-ready candidates to fill their vacancies.

The event proved a success with both employers and young people looking to undertake an Apprenticeship. Tony Lau-Walker, Chief Executive of Eastleigh College, commented:

“In these times of high unemployment there is a need for the College to go the extra mile in finding opportunities for progression to work. This event has done a lot to engage with employers and enable them to meet young people keen to gain employment and carry on their learning through an Apprenticeship. Our mission is to improve young people’s opportunities to get their careers started without difficulty, and by working with many local businesses (1460 last year) we intend to encourage employers to take on more young people with our continued support.”

Eastleigh College have a large range of Apprenticeships on offer, and many enthusiastic learners available to start work now! For further information call 023 8091 1226 or email

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