ASK - Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project has been commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), to support the Government’s target of achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Through the project our three Delivery Partners will offer a range of inspirational and engaging apprenticeship and traineeship support to all learning establishments offering provision to years 10, 11, 12 and 13 across four regions: North, Midlands, London and South.

The project aim is to work with teachers, careers advisers, parents and governors, alongside other key partners, to support schools and ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

The services provided include:
• Group assemblies / information sessions
• Sessions to sign students up to Find an apprenticeship
• Apprenticeship application workshops for smaller groups of students
• Apprenticeship events
• Apprenticeship champion training for careers advisers and teachers
• Guest speakers – apprentice and employer ambassadors
• External visits
• Staff (teacher and governor) CPD
• Parents events

Additionally, if an establishment has a particular request, this can be negotiated and agreed. We are also growing a network of 1000+ apprenticeship champions in schools across England. Our network of inspiring teachers and careers advisers, with our expert support, will:
• Positively promote and encourage students of all abilities to consider apprenticeships
• Create opportunities for students to engage with employers and apprentice ambassadors
• Keep up to date with the latest developments and opportunities

For more information contact Helen Richardson at Workpays hlnwrpy.ouee@okasc.k or call 07772 357890.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP)

This project is a HEFCE funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The project aims to identify and address issues around progression in to higher education. In particular, it seeks to undertake outreach activity in specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels.

The Access Project

The Access Project is a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach selective universities. This activity is part of the DANCOP project. They currently work with c.900 young people in 21 schools across Greater London and the West Midlands. Their programme supports trained graduate volunteers to deliver one-to-one tuition with our young people - this helps to raise attainment, enabling students to make their university offers. They work with c.1,000 volunteers. A copy of their current impact report is attached for information which also gives an idea of their programme. The Impact Study can be accessed here..