This week (8 – 14 February) is National Apprenticeship Week 2021. It is a chance to share and celebrate how apprenticeships are a great route to career success and a brilliant alternative to full time college and university.
We recognise that sometimes apprenticeships are more challenging to find than university courses, and that sometimes people think they are a less academic option – but we are here to say that apprenticeships are an amazing option for young people who want to earn money and build a bank of relevant work experience alongside achieving their degree qualification.
Over the past years, our students have gone on to some incredible opportunities including with Unilever, Dyson and Barclays. These students have been able to achieve degrees from top UK universities whilst working in well paid roles within the organisation. This gives them an incredible advantage over their peers as they have practical skills, work place experience, and no student debt. Read about our alumni students here
There are over 1,500 apprenticeship job roles available in a wide range of industries and sectors involved. We are excited that a number of our business partners now offer degree and higher apprenticeships and we highly recommend these options to our students.
This week students have access to a timetable of virtual events and experiences to ensure they can meet with employers recruiting apprenticeships this year and understand how to make a quality application. We have also prepared a google site for students to access during the week with a range of useful resources and videos. A facebook campaign has offered information to our parents too so they can help support teens with this process.
How do I find an apprenticeship? If you are researching apprenticeship vacancies, you will need to think about how, where and when you search for jobs. You will need to sign up to vacancy alerts, follow companies on social media and be proactive in approaching companies and asking for work experience or attending virtual open days to get yourself noticed by employers. Specific employers will also advertise apprenticeship opportunities, including through many of the well-known job websites and through their own websites.
Mr McCann and Sam will work with students applying for an apprenticeship throughout the spring and summer term and post lots of vacancies and support with applications on the Destinations Google Classroom.
When it comes to apprenticeships, things can sometimes be confusing. Thankfully, there is plenty of help online. We’ve hand picked some fabulous websites and resources that have all the information you need below:
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP? – PROSPECTS.AC.UK
APPRENTICESHIPS | UCAS
A-Z OF APPRENTICESHIPS (SHORT VIDEO)
A-Z OF APPRENTICESHIPS (COMPREHENSIVE LIST)
SUBJECT GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
SUBJECT GUIDE POSTERS
PARENT/CARER APPRENTICESHIP INFO
HIGHER DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP INFO
HIGHER DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES
NAW2021 – WHICH APPRENTICESHIP AM I? QUIZ
DISCOVER YOUR SKILLS AND CAREERS
APPRENTICESHIP RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, PARENTS (AMAZINGAPPRENTICESHIPS.COM)
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SERVICE
NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE
SKILLS HEALTH CHECK | NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE