As part of our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance curriculum, we are delighted to share some resources that may be of use to you as your child takes their next steps in making decisions and choices for their future.

This week is National Careers Week and the attached parents guide to National Careers Week 2021 is a comprehensive guide to the choices and decisions that your child will be making to support their future aspirations.

We have included additional resources for students and parents here:

Student notices for National Careers Week 2021

The parents guide to National Careers Week 2021

Parent Pack – Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship parent pack above gives an excellent overview of the range of industries and different levels that students can now access through the Apprenticeship programme. The range of Degree Apprenticeships continues to grow. They span a wide variety of industries including: nursing, social work, nuclear, business and management, construction, digital industries, defence, finance, life sciences and aerospace. These industries have traditionally trained their employees through the Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) route and this approach adds the final year of study to achieve a full degree.

The advantages of these Degree Apprenticeships are:
• They are offered by the employer – it is a REAL job with a salary and contract for working conditions such as holiday pay, sickness pay and other respective benefits.
• The apprentice spends 80% of their time on the job and 20% in University
• The degree is industry specific and is exactly the same as a full-time study degree
• They are Government funded – there are no tuition fees and therefore no student loan to repay

Sounds too good to be true? Well, they are competitive – we are seeing high entry requirements in terms of A Level and BTEC grades as well as rigorous application and interview processes. Also, whilst they don’t guarantee a permanent job at the end of the Apprenticeship, they do provide extremely valuable experience within an industry whilst studying.

If you would like further information about these or any other careers support for your child, please do email our careers advisor, Mrs Etherington, and we can arrange an online Teams meeting. As well as during school hours, Mrs Etherington is available some evenings and weekends.