Apprenticeship conference returns to Birmingham

Members of the apprenticeship community will gather in Birmingham tomorrow for a bi-annual conference and careers event.

Thousands of businesses, young people and their parents are set to attend the National Apprenticeship and School Leavers Event and Conference at Millennium Point.

The Ladder for Greater Birmingham initiative is a partner and will have a presence there and its chairman Kevin Davis will formally open the conference.

The Ladder for Greater Birmingham campaign launched in summer 2018 with the aim of creating new apprenticeships in Birmingham and Solihull by bringing candidates and training providers together with employers.

We have been supporting the project from day one as media partner and organizer of our annual apprenticeship awards in partnership with the Ladder.

Other stakeholders include Vine Trust, Performance Through People, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network and West Midlands Combined Authority.

To get involved in the campaign visit and read all of our previous coverage here. You can contact the Ladder team on 03332 409 699 or by emailing

Mr Davis said: “I’m so pleased to help kick off this event again. As chairman of the Ladder Apprenticeship Foundation and The Mercian Multi-Academy Trust, the event marries both my interests in secondary education and apprenticeships.

“Given the challenges the pandemic has posed to education and work, the importance of ensuring our students and apprentices get quality advice and guidance, which the event offers, is significant at this stage of their vocational journey.”

Training provider group BCTG and its companies Performance Through People and The Apprenticeship Works will be among those exhibiting.

Gill Durkin, business executive at Performance Through People, said: “When we attended last year it was our first face-to-face event since the pandemic in 2020.

“The event was well attended with a real breadth of exhibitors giving visitors a clear understanding of the career choices available.

“This year all our organizations have seen a huge surge in demand for information and attendance at careers events and we are expecting bumper attendance figures as more people seek guidance and information – particularly about apprenticeships.”

The National Apprenticeship and School Leavers Event is held every March and October, with 10,000 visitors attending every year.

Starting at 9.30am, more than 80 businesses are expected to be in attendance, showcasing their job opportunities to an audience of 14 to 35 year olds.

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