INSIGHT INTO APPRENTICESHIPS – SOUTH

The Insight into Apprenticeships – South project was our first Insight into Apprenticeships programme. The South project works with seven south Bristol schools, with cohorts of 10 students each from Year 9 and 10; we are now working with our third cohort of students in this area. On average, students attend one activity a month and these have included a trip to the South Bristol Skills Academy, where they explored apprenticeship options at post-16 and post-18.
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 The programme has helped me to find out about different opportunities, there are so many, but it is hard to find the links and benefits of what is out there and beyond. 
We are extremely lucky to work with some great business partners who support our students. The students enjoy a range of visits to businesses, meeting current apprentices and finding how to gain quality work experience. The students also hear from our partners about the competencies and skills that employers are looking for, as well as the career pathways into the various sectors. Our wonderful partners include St Monica Trust, Bristol Water, Bristol Port, Coutts Bank.
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 It’s given me opportunities to do things I never thought I would do, for example at the Mendips, but also applying for an apprenticeship and talking to people in workplaces. I have more confidence now. 

96% OF STUDENTS SAID THEY HAD A BETTER AWARENESS OF PATHWAYS INTO APPRENTICESHIPS

92% OF ALL STUDENTS AGREED THAT THE PROGRAMME HAD GIVEN THEM MORE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SKILLS EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Student meeting
Parent meeting
Mendip Activity Centre visit
KPMG visit – employability skills
City of Bristol College – South
St Monica Trust visit
Coutts Bank or Bristol Port visit
Speech Training day
Bristol Water visit
Personality Profiling day
Celebration Event

94% FELT EVEN A BIT MORE CONFIDENT TO TALK TO ADULTS ABOUT GETTING A JOB

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 Things are not what they seem there are lots more interesting jobs then you see from the outside, it gives you a realistic appreciation of life.