Kelly Tolhurst MP to Host Local Apprenticeship Fair on 22 March 2019

After the huge success of Kelly Tolhurst MP’s 2018 Apprenticeship Fair at Medway UTC, it has been confirmed the second fair will take place on 22 March from 11am to 3pm at Strood Academy.

Since election in 2015, Kelly Tolhurst MP has supported businesses of all trades across Rochester and Strood and seen first-hand the skills and work of apprenticeships on offer. Many have been educated in Medway’s local schools and colleges, but such is the success and increase of skills in the area that apprentices are now also coming from further afield.

To celebrate this success and encourage more local skilled young people to take up and apprenticeship, the Rochester and Strood MP will host a second Apprenticeship Fair with the aim to have even more than the 32 businesses present at the last one and with more students invited across the whole of Medway.

So far over a number of businesses have confirmed their attendance and desire to take on new apprentices. Confirmed businesses include South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Asda, Dovetail Games, BAE Systems, and the Royal School of Military Engineering to name just a few. A full list of attending businesses will be detailed on Kelly’s website.

This event will provide students ahead of final exams and others with a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and add to the next generation of a business’s future and culture.

MP Kelly Tolhurst said:

“This year’s event was a great success and it has been with great pride to have seen the accomplishment of Rochester and Strood’s apprentices since my election back in 2015 and to see how their skills contribute towards Medway’s economic success.

“Apprenticeships are so important to those undertaking them – giving them the skills they need to succeed in life and in a role they want to progress in – and to employers, giving them the opportunity to mould and shape the workforce they need.

“I am delighted to announce I will be holding an apprenticeship fair on Friday 22nd March, where even more businesses can showcase their apprenticeship schemes and students close to graduation and jobseekers can look to secure their futures here in Medway and help boost our local economy.”

A number of national and local apprenticeship providers have already confirmed their attendance on 22nd March with more space still available to any other businesses wishing to join. For more information on Kelly’s apprenticeship fair please contact her at