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Victoria Rawlings from The Replacement Service in Worcester won the Worcestershire Apprenticeship of the Year Award in November 2015.Victoria has now started writing a ‘Winners Blog’ and has visited schools within the county talking to students about Apprenticeships.

St Augustines School in Redditch were the first to take up the offer. So Victoria joined Helena Baxter to deliver an Apprenticeship Workshop to 6th form students informing them of all of the local opportunities.

Sally Beach Careers Advisor said

‘Thank you for coming in to talk to our 6th form students. The presentation was very useful not only for the students but for myself as a guidance practitioner. Thanks again and I feel confident that we can work together to ensure that our students get the best support when considering an Apprenticeship’

Worcestershire Training Providers Association (WTPA) is commissioned by Worcestershire LEP to deliver a School Engagement Programme across the county.

The aim is to raise Awareness of Apprenticeships within schools, building links within Education and Business. We focus on priority growth sectors aligned with the LEP Strategic Economic Plan.

The delivery meets the statutory guidance for schools which states:

‘The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner and Includes information on the range of education or training options, including Apprenticeships and other vocational pathways’

All schools in Worcestershire are engaged with the programme and a variety of activities are being delivered to year 9 to year 13 students (aged 13 to 18). From Year Group Assemblies to Parent Evenings, Teacher Training, STEM workshops including promoting Females into Engineering, the programme is flexible and designed to meet the local school or academy’s needs. Young people are shown ‘live local vacancies’ and case studies and given information about how to apply successfully for Apprenticeships.

Since 2013 we have spoken to over 17000 students and we have seen an increase of 12% 16 to 18 year olds undertaking an Apprenticeship in Worcestershire over the last year compared to 3% regionally and nationally.

 

 

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