It’s all about apprenticeships!

On Tuesday 12th September forty-five Year 11 students took part in an apprenticeship workshop delivered by a team of ambassadors from ASK. The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how your students think about apprenticeships.

The session initially introduced students about the different levels of apprenticeships and qualifications needed to access them.

What is an intermediate apprenticeship?

Intermediate apprenticeships are designed to train a school leaver for work. There is a focus on imparting key employability skills, as well as more specific training for a job within a company.

The entry requirements for intermediate apprenticeships vary. Most employers require applicants to have two or more GCSEs (9 to 4 / A* to C), including English and mathematics. Some employers will accept applicants without these grades, if they have any relevant work experience. If this is the case, you might be asked to complete a basic literacy and numeracy test.

What is an advanced apprenticeship?

An advanced apprenticeship is the level above intermediate apprenticeships. Advanced apprentices study towards a nationally certified qualification, while they work on a full-time basis for an employer.

The entry requirements for advanced apprenticeships vary from company to company, but employers look for students with at least five GCSEs graded 9 to 4 (A* to C).

What is a higher apprenticeship?

A higher apprenticeship, also called level 4 or 5 apprenticeships, are the level above advanced (level 3) and intermediate (level 2) apprenticeships. Higher apprentices work for a company, receiving on-the-job training while the study towards a qualification on the side.

Higher apprenticeships are designed for students who are aged 18 or over. If you’re studying your GCSEs, an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship are the schemes to be looking at if you want to start next year.

What is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships are aimed at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers as an alternative route into higher education. Apprentices will combine full-time work for an industry leading company with part-time university study. These courses last between three and six years, with a Bachelors or Masters degree awarded at the end.

Students were very pleased to find out that regardless of what level apprenticeship you start at you will get a paid salary for your work.

Following the initial introduction students were then shown how to find search and register on the government site.

Initial pupil feedback was very positive and we hope to offer more sessions so students can make informed decisions about their futures by the time they leave school.

Information for parents

Do you want to be able to support your child even more and communicate with them about their next steps with confidence? Confused by the post 16 pathways? Want to learn more about apprenticeships? In today’s information led world sometimes the sheer amount of information available about Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) can seem overwhelming. This can make it more difficult for parents and carers to provide their children the support and advice they need.

We have some useful tips on the careers information for parents section of the school website to support. I would also like to invite all parents and carers to complete a very short survey regarding Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) which will enable us to provide the best support for you.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

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Mrs N Prior is the Careers and Work Experience Coordinator at St Thomas More Catholic School