The Insight to Apprenticeships programme is designed for year 9 and 10 students in six of our South Bristol Youth schools who have shown an interest in the apprenticeship pathway, particularly 16-18 apprenticeships.
I learnt what I need to do to get into an apprenticeship that I want.
Through cohorts of 10 students, it aims to bring into sharp focus the opportunities provided by apprenticeships and improve the self confidence of students by developing their understanding of their own personality traits and how these relate to what employers are looking for.
I have learnt so much and the programme was fun. Bristol Port was my favourite activity because it was fun and you always had something to do.
By visiting a range of professional working environments and meeting apprentices from different companies and industries, the students will gain a real and achievable sense of what their future could look like.
I know now that I need qualifications but I also need a CV and the right attitude.
They will also have the option, upon completion of the programme, to sign up to some school-based sessions in Year 11 which offer extra support in application writing, interview preparation and CV building.
The activities were well planned and I learnt a lot about the wide range of apprenticeships open to me.
Currently, the programme includes the following:
One school-based introduction session to programme
One parents meeting to introduce families to the programme
One trip to an outdoor education centre to build team-work amongst the group
One trip to an apprenticeship fair
One trip to Bristol Port to meet apprentices and ‘live’ the experience
One trip to a local college to explore apprenticeship options post-16 and post-18
One trip to KPMG to learn about the skills and attitudes employers want
One trip to School of Food at Ashton Gate in partnership with Western College and Nisbets
One trip to school careers fair
One celebration event to be held at the end of the programme