SPARK 2024 – The Apprenticeship Marketplace


Welcome to SPARK - matchmaking for future degree apprentices and local industry employers. Taking place on Thursday 18 April 2024.

SPARK is a matchmaking opportunity which gives future apprentices the chance to be interviewed by employers for a Degree Apprenticeship, allowing you to build a skilled team by connecting with the talent of the future. SPARK is a free apprenticeship marketplace that is open to all recruiters from any sector who are looking to promote Degree Apprenticeship job opportunities or work placements which may lead to a full-time Apprenticeship. 

Recruit the best future talent

SPARK is designed to be a speed pitching session where employers get to meet one-to-one with potential apprentices. Participating is an excellent opportunity for you to raise your profile and speak with potential candidates face-to-face on a more meaningful level than through an application form or a CV. You’ll then be able to determine face-to-face whether a candidate is a good fit for your company’s culture and goals thereby significantly shortening the screening process. You’ll also be able to judge the pitches and award your opportunity to the potential apprentices who impress the most.

  • Address the skills gap

  • Reduce costs for staff recruitment

  • Recruit the best future talent

  • Drive change and innovation from within

How to take part

Join us on 18 April 2024, where our SPARK – Apprenticeship Marketplace event will be taking place at our Preston Campus. Keynote speaker Edwin J Booth CBE DL, Chairman of supermarket chain Booths. The event is from 9am to 3pm.

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The Spark Apprenticeship Matchmaking event enabled us to meet lots of potential candidates, and helped develop our future recruitment processes. We also successfully recruited a new digital marketer.
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Ian Coupe
Director, SHOUT Connect
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Aaron Willis giving a presentation to a group of employers and young people.
Aaron Willis giving a presentation to a group of employers and young people.

Employers talk about Degree Apprenticeships