Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges (ASK) Programme

Following a successful first year of delivery, SCTP is delighted to announce that it will be continuing this academic year to deliver the Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) programme in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. The delivery contract to deliver 252 sessions in 63 schools has been awarded by charity, and SCTP member, CXK, who have been contracted to deliver the programme across the South region. The contract with the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department for Education (DfE) will focus on assisting schools with their statutory duty to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to young people by providing them with a package of comprehensive support and information about apprenticeships, traineeships and T levels. It is fully funded by the DfE and is therefore free to access for all schools. The reach of the programme has already seen 4,230 schools and colleges, 1.1 million students and 35,000 teachers engaged in finding out more about apprenticeships. Last year SCTP engaged with 11,037 pupils, 836 parents, and 189 teachers in 62 Sussex schools.

The ASK programme 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. The 2020/21 programme reflects the impact of COVID-19 and introduces a blended offer of activities that can be delivered remotely or face-to-face to schools, colleges, and other stakeholder organisations. Following a planning meeting, where the school’s engagement with apprenticeships is reflected upon and discussed, each school engaged is entitled to a minimum of four activities which can be selected from a menu of activities such as:

  • Awareness around apprenticeships and employment pathways, such as traineeships and T levels
  • Application and registration workshops for students in years 11-13
  • Interactive virtual employability support such as recognising strengths, apprenticeship and job application skills, interview skills and preparing for online recruitment workshops
  • Bespoke support for year 11s and 13s including job searching, preparing for online recruitment and employability skills
  • Teacher CPD sessions including an introduction to apprenticeships for teachers, support with linking subjects to apprenticeships, information about progression pathways and higher apprenticeships
  • Parents presentations including an introduction to apprenticeships, information about employment pathways including traineeships and T Levels and how to support your child in searching and applying workshops

In addition to the above direct delivery, we will also work with schools to support them to access the extensive bank of resources and information available on including how to link ASK activities to the Gatsby benchmarks, and how to help embed apprenticeship information within careers delivery.

The ASK programme also provides advice to students at an earlier age, with resources to support students in KS3, to help spark an interest in the apprenticeship pathway and give them more time to consider the wide variety of apprenticeship options available to them.

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.

To request support, schools and colleges can complete the form here and we will be in contact to discuss the options.