Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) Programme

SCTP is delighted to be delivering the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) programme across Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. The award has been made by charity CXK, who have been granted a three year contract to deliver the programme across the South region.  Funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education, the ASK programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how their students think about apprenticeships.

ASK aims to assist schools with their statutory duty to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to young people by providing them with a bespoke package of comprehensive support and information about apprenticeships. It supports the government objective to improve awareness of apprenticeships; driving growth in applications, supporting progression, and increasing the engagement of young people, parents and teachers. Further information about the programme can be seen here.

SCTP will be delivering a wide range of options to schools, including:

  • apprenticeship awareness assemblies
  • apprenticeship registration & application workshops
  • careers fair attendance
  • teacher CPD sessions
  • parents awareness sessions

Providing advice to students at an earlier age, services have been extended to include students in KS3, to help spark an interest in the apprenticeship pathways and give them more time to consider the wide variety of apprenticeship options available to them.

  • Raising awareness of the different entry levels, progression opportunities and wide range of sectors available through the apprenticeship route.
  • Raising awareness of higher and degree apprenticeship options as an alternative to full time university.

ASK also trains young apprentices who are interested in joining/have applied to join the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN). The core purpose of the YAAN is to grow and expand the apprenticeship programme by engaging with and providing information on apprenticeships to young people through a number of different activities and events. The role of the ambassador is to promote apprenticeships and inspire other young people by describing their direct experience.