What are the 2018 winners of the Most Innovative Education-Based Apprenticeship Promotion Initiative Award doing now?
Maiden Erlegh School is very proud to be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2019 again. Since being recognised at the Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards, we are continuing our mission of raising awareness of apprenticeships as a viable destination route for all our students. At our recent Careers Fair, apprenticeship providers engaged with nearly 600 students and parents and this week The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge Company presented to a large audience of parents about the advantages and disadvantages of this route, the apprenticeships that are available in the local area and how to access further information to help make informed destination decisions. During National Apprenticeship Week 2019, students from Years 7 – 13 will be actively engaging in discussions and debate regarding whether an apprenticeship is the right pathway for them and signposted as to where they can access further information and support. Our Careers Ambassadors will also be linking curriculum learning with the many different apprenticeships available so that students can see that there is a clear link between the subjects they are studying and future opportunities.
Apprenticeships are not just for those beginning their career, they can also be a great opportunity for those looking to progress in their career or take a different direction.
Abby Lacey, Office Manager for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, is 10 months into her 15-month AAT Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 3). It consists of five different courses for which Abby attends Kaplan’s classroom in Reading. It consists of exams at the end of each course and completion of a portfolio and various functional skills, for example, data protection, time management, data analysis and written communication skills, which are completed through an online portal.
“I work part time as the Office Manager for the LEP and study or attend college one day a week. It’s the perfect balance in learning a new skill, which I thrive on. I work closely and support every member of the LEP team, but I am now able to bring much more knowledge and confidence into my day job.
“I will go from managing the office to being able to support the CEO and accountant in more depth. I’m very excited about this. You don’t have to be a school leaver or graduate to be an apprentice. You’re never too old – it’s been a great way to learn as well as meet people!”
Business Administration Apprentice
Site Manager Apprentice
Wates Construction Limited
Quantity Surveyor Apprentice
We were excited to join the team at Microsoft at their UK Headquarters in Reading for their Unlocking Apprenticeships event on Wednesday 6th March. Organised by a group of current Apprentices and Interns, the afternoon provided an insight into the life of an Apprentice at Microsoft and why apprenticeships are a great option for young people. From a chance to try out the HoloLens to taking part in team activities and networking with other students, the event provided a positive environment for young people to learn about not just how Microsoft does things but how apprenticeships work in general. We really enjoyed taking part in the training providers fair, taking to students and their parents about apprenticeships in Berkshire and we can't wait for Microsoft to launch their apprenticeship scheme recruitment later this month! Visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/athome/digitalskills/apply/ to find out more!