Good face to face information, advice & guidance can only take place if students have a basic level of knowledge of the different routes option to them before they walk into your meeting.
I’ve found this is most difficult to achieve with the apprenticeship route. As it’s still a route for a fewer number of school and college leavers, students don’t soak up information about it like they do for A Levels or regular college courses or University from older friends or brothers and sisters. What knowledge about the Apprenticeship route that is out there amongst parents is massively out of date with what a modern apprenticeship actually is and what work areas are they now being more frequently offered in. Parents that do ask for advice on this route will always ask about vehicle mechanics or construction based apprenticeships. I’ve never had a parent enquire about apprenticeships working in care homes, which is a growing industry locally and we are always informed of opportunities which we struggle to nurture any interest in.
This is where Careers Education comes in and why it was so disappointing that the Dfe removed statutory requirements on schools to provide it.
So here’s some ideas for providing a lesson about apprenticeships for KS4 students to inform them of this route.
- Your Choice – Your Future Apprenticeship video. I’ve uploaded this to vimeo. It’s 30 minutes long but a class of 15 year olds will get fidgety after the first couple of interviews – It covers lots of different job areas and there’s a couple of good non stereotypical gender role models there as well. Also, after IAG sessions where the student has expressed an interest in apprenticeships, I sometimes send them this link to their school email address if I’m not convinced that they have fully taken on board how they actually work.
- This work book from the National Apprenticeship site has it’s good bits which are worth using and we all know that printing out one of those for each student in a year group will be a huge cost so I have targeted certain pages.
The questions on pages 8 & 9 are useful for leading a whole class discussion but this will rely on the teacher doing a bit of prep.
The case studies on pages 23, 24 & 25 are where you could get some small group work going to compare those and then answer the questions on page 26.
If you know of any other useful resources that would excite a year 10 or 11 group then please leave a comment!