HUNDREDS of aspiring apprentices attended the Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College apprenticeship fair, supported by Ealing Central and Acton MP Angie Bray.

More than 350 young people visited during the day, when businesses were on hand to talk about their training schemes.

Lloyds TSB, Ealing Council, NHS Imperial College and the Army were among 30 organisations represented.

“Apprenticeships offer people a chance to sample work and to get on the career ladder - they are a great way to stand out,” said the MP.

“Businesses are hungry for good, well-trained people who are going to take up a career and contribute to the long-term success of the company.”

She said the Government aimed to create 250,000 apprenticeships during its time in office.

Steven Tiller, 21, an IT student, said: “Students are looking for alternatives to uni because of the expense. I think a lot of students feel they can’t afford fees, so we’re seeing an apprenticeship as a more affordable alternative.”