Blue chip engineering and manufacturing firms will join schools and talented students and graduates at an Employers’ Fair taking place at South West Durham Training next week.


The free event is open to all Year 10 and Year 11 students and sixth formers, teachers, careers advisors, parents/carers and local employers.


Graduate jobs, industry placements, apprenticeship vacancies, internships and volunteering opportunities will all be up for grabs, with SWDT’s Business Development Team at hand to offer advice.


Major employers already confirmed include Nifco, GSK, 3M and Livin, along with Taylormade Timber and Mill Masters International.


More than 20 schools in South West Durham and Tees Valley, including those who have specialist GCSE or BTEC engineering courses, have received invitations.


Both employers interested in training opportunities and potential learners, as well as school careers leads, will have the opportunity to tour SWDT’s Aycliffe Business Park facility – its home for more than 50 years.


Prospective learners will also be able to speak to former apprentices who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in industry.


Stuart Johnson, CEO at SWDT, said: “This fair is a great opportunity for talented students and graduates to meet employers who are recruiting for a wide range of graduate jobs, industry placements, internships and volunteering opportunities.


“It is free to attend and we can provide transport for school groups and sixth forms to collect and drop off.


“And for local employers attending there will the opportunity to discuss HNC and HND courses with the Higher Education team, as well as to see the commercial training facilities available including our Forklift Training Centre.”