A careers fair to mark National Apprenticeship Week saw students from across Dacorum pick up advice and ideas for their post-college prospects.
Pupils from all three West Herts College campuses flocked to the Watford base to learn more about the apprenticeships on offer in the county.
Oakman Inns, which runs pubs including the Red Lion in Water End, the Akeman in Tring and the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, was one of the businesses at the event promoting their apprentice schemes.
Pub manager Jack Ashmore started his Oakman career as an apprentice. He said: “We can take people from a complete novice status to those who are a bit more experienced, and develop them. I am a prime example of that.
“The more apprentices we can get locally, the better.”
Head of employer responsiveness at the college Sambit Sen said: “We’ve spoken to students from all our campuses during National Apprenticeships Week. There’s a lot of interest and we’ve got a growing number of opportunities.
“Fifty of our students who live in Dacorum are on apprenticeships locally. The number of employers involved in and around Hemel Hempstead town centre is a dozen and rising.
“It’s a very real measure of how Dacorum people are pulling together and creating opportunities for young people and local business.”