BPP Professional Apprenticeships backs Government project to raise awareness of apprenticeships to young people
BPP Professional Apprenticeships is backing a Government scheme aimed at raising the awareness of apprenticeships in schools.
Funded by the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service, the apprenticeship support and knowledge for schools (ASK) project will deliver apprenticeship and traineeship information to young people in school years 10 to 13.
The project will work with teachers, parents and careers advisers to ensure that students have the information they need to find and secure an apprenticeship.
A core part of the ASK project includes identifying and recruiting 1,000 Apprenticeship Champions in schools across England to support the promotion of apprenticeships in their local areas.
James Hammill, Director of BPP Professional Apprenticeships, which offers apprenticeship programmes in law, business, healthcare, tax and finance, has backed the project that promises to offer valuable insight into how career-enhancing apprenticeships can be.
He said: “There’s still only a small fraction of school leavers who are aware of the apprenticeship opportunities available.
“Many employers, including high-profile firms such as JP Morgan and KPMG, now offer schemes that enable students to study towards either a degree or a professional qualification through an apprenticeship, providing them with the opportunity to gain work-based skills and knowledge while furthering their education.
“Projects like these will only help to raise awareness if university isn’t the right path for young people, and it’s great to have the opportunity to show just how invaluable apprenticeships are.”
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “I am committed to transforming this country into an apprenticeship nation. Initiatives like ASK and the 1,000 Apprenticeship Champions are essential to spreading the message that quality apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity for all ages and all backgrounds.
“This network of teachers and careers advisers will positively promote apprenticeships in a variety of ways to inspire students, teachers, parents and governors, whilst actively encouraging students of all abilities to consider apprenticeships as a viable and successful route into a career. Apprenticeship Champions will also create opportunities for students to engage with employers and apprentice ambassadors.”