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

SCTP is delighted to be delivering the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges (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 and colleges 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 and colleges, 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.

Programme Update – May 2020

We are pleased to announce that the ASK offer has been transformed to become a remote service so that we can continue to offer support and information to students, teachers and parents. The full range of support options open to schools and colleges for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year through the programme, can be read in the new ASK programme digital brochure.

As well as new resources available through the Amazing Apprenticeship website, we are able to offer schools some interactive virtual workshops for students in years 10 -13. These virtual workshops will encourage students to undertake practical, fun and engaging activities to help to prepare them for an apprenticeship at a future date. The workshop options are:

  • Recognising your strengths and how to showcase these to employers
  • How to write a winning apprenticeship/job application
  • Interview skills (telephone and video)

There are also some bespoke support sessions aimed at year 11 and 13 students who may have been interested in applying for an apprenticeship, or had already started applying for an apprenticeship, before schools and colleges were closed. These options are:

  • How to search for jobs in the current market
  • Preparing for digital/online recruitment processes
  • Practical ways to boost your employability skills at home

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

Schools who wish to plan ahead and book Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) sessions for the next academic year, can submit a request support form here and we will contact you to book in a planning meeting to be held over the phone in September. It is possible that some dates and times may need to be rearranged depending on the situation of the pandemic.