Young people alarmed by the recent spike in youth unemployment can take advantage of expert advice on entering the world of work when Harlow College plays host to Essex’s first-ever apprenticeship fair today (Monday).

The unique event – which takes place inside the college’s new University Centre Harlow building – will give would-be apprentices the chance to seek information and guidance from employers representing a diverse range of industries.

The college has recently helped set up apprenticeships with Harlow MP Rob Halfon and freelance education journalist Janet Murray. Deputy principal Sue Young said: “There are lots of myths about apprenticeships, from smaller companies thinking they’re unable to afford them, to young people not fully understanding them and thinking they’re only offered in certain jobs.

“By working with local employers, we want to unlock the untapped talent and potential in Harlow and further afield.” Mr Halfon, who last year became the first MP to appoint a paid apprentice, added: “Harlow College is not only one of the top UK colleges in England, but has also led the way in apprenticeships across the board.”

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