The Apprenticeship agenda is beginning to help promote alternative pathways in and through further and higher level learning although there is still some way to go in terms of access to, and awareness of higher and degree apprenticeships. There is also still more work to be done in meeting the Government’s ambitious target of 3 Million apprenticeships by 2020 with figures showing that the trajectory is 18% lower than it should be and that starts are dipping; there were 27,000 starts last November,  40% fewer than in 2016.

The ‘Apprenticeships in Sussex’ (AiS) programme, managed through the Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP) has been able to extend their reach by delivering a range of workshops and assemblies across schools in the region to help raise awareness of work-based learning routes including apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships. Almost 2000 young people across Sussex have benefited from these sessions with funding through SLN:COP.

‘Thanks to our involvement in the SLN:COP, SCTP’s Apprenticeships in Sussex project is working with schools, colleges and communities across Sussex to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship awareness sessions including the latest apprenticeship information, progression routes, different career pathways and how to be ‘apprenticeship ready’.  The sessions provide learners, tutors and parents with the most up to date information on the range of apprenticeship options up to higher and degree level through workshops, presentations, assemblies and careers fairs. 

We train and work with Apprenticeship Ambassadors who support our sessions with real-life testimonies about their experiences in apprenticeships post-16 and beyond.  The project has got off to a really successful start and we have been receiving some great feedback from the schools and colleges we’ve been working with.  We are enjoying challenging the myth that apprenticeships are not suitable for academic or gifted students and explaining that apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity available to all’.

Paul Mitchell, Director SCTP

For further information please email our Post 16 Liaison Programme Manager, Lucy Jenks