As an organisation, we seek out opportunities for relevant projects to run which will be in the interest of our members. We also receive requests to run projects on behalf of organisations such as Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Our Board carefully considers each project specification against a set of criteria, including whether our involvement would benefit our members. If these criteria are met and the project fits with our mission, then we proceed with the project.
Below is an overview of projects we are currently, or have recently, organised.
National Collaborative Outreach Programme to promote apprenticeships in schools and communities.
SCTP has received funding from the Sussex Learning Network’s bid from that National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The NCOP programme aims to increase the participation in higher education of disadvantaged groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. SCTP will focus on delivering activities that boost outreach in schools, raise parent/carer understanding of apprenticeship progression routes, and build links with local communities, using the Apprenticeships in Sussex brand.
Throughout the 2017/18 academic year this project has included a broad programme of schools workshops and presentations, plus a more targeted series of workshops and small-group sessions in the top 30 SLN:COP target schools. It has also involved delivering workshops, events and small-group sessions with community groups, youth clubs and VCS organisations.
We developed a menu of activities which we offered the groups that we targeted throughout the programme, including:
- Talks/ presentations in assemblies or events, including panel events,
- Interactive workshops with small groups of students, including
developing resources to support workshops.
- Apprenticeship in Sussex stands at careers events, offering 1:1 advice and signposting to parents/ carers and young people.
- Downloadable print resources, providing practical step by step guidance to support young people and parents/ carers to decide if apprenticeships are right for them and find and apply for apprenticeships.
We developed our workshop offer to include sessions on:
- General introduction to apprenticeships: what they are, what sectors you can do them in, how they work and where to find one.
- Creating your own path: looking at apprenticeship levels and progression routes through different sectors, students used regional specific information to develop their own action plan of next steps and start to think about how they could integrate apprenticeships into their career pathway.
- Being apprenticeship ready: what type of skills apprenticeships are asking for, how to identify what you have and how to get experience and evidence of other skills before you apply.
In the 2017/18 academic year we have engaged with approx. 2900 learners through our work with schools, and with another 980 learners and parents through our community events and apprenticeship roadshows across Sussex.
Brighton & Hove Apprenticeship Events
June & July 2018
SCTP is working in partnerships with Brighton & Hove City Council to run two events in Brighton and Hove for anyone of any age who is interested in finding out the latest information about apprenticeships and traineeships. Attendees will be able to speak with apprentices, employers and training providers to find out what’s on offer, what it’s like to be an apprentice, and how an apprenticeship can advance their career. The events will take place:
Hove Town Hall on Wednesday 20 June, 16:30 – 19:30, and
Brighton Centre on Tuesday 10 July, 16:30 – 19:30.
Both events will host a marketplace and panel discussions by employers and providers, supported by apprentice ambassadors and independent advice organisations. For further details and to book a place, please see https://apprenticeshipshove.eventbrite.co.uk or https://apprenticeshipsbrighton.eventbrite.co.uk
East Sussex Parent Roadshows for National Apprenticeship Week 2018
SCTP is working in partnership with East Sussex County Council to build on the momentum generated in National Apprenticeship Week 2018 by running two Parent Roadshow events in March 2018. The events will bring together employers, training providers, young people and their parents; providing up to date information on traineeships and apprenticeships (from pre-employment to higher and degree apprenticeships). The events will take place in two locations in East Sussex:
Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday 15 March 2018, 17:00 – 19:00, and
Hastings Stade Hall on Wednesday 21 March 2018, 17:00 – 19:00.
Both events will host a marketplace and panel discussions by employers and providers, supported by apprentice ambassadors and independent advice organisations. For further details and to book a place, please see www.c360.org.uk/NAW2018
Apprenticeships in Sussex – Apprentice Ambassadors
We train apprentices to act as Apprentice Ambassadors, and inspire other young people to take up an apprenticeship. The apprentices learn to share their apprenticeship experience by talking in schools and colleges, making young people aware of the opportunities available.
The training enables the apprentices to speak confidently about apprenticeships, how to hold and engage an audience, how to tell their story and answer questions effectively. The apprentices have benefited by developing their confidence and interpersonal skills and their employer has the benefit of being promoted in the local community and supporting the development of their apprentice.
Pictured on the left of this photo are two apprentice ambassadors from Brighton & Hove City Council.
Teach Too Pilot Programme
Nov 2017 – March 2018
SCTP is working with AELP, the national training provider network, on a Teach Too pilot programme. The Teach Too programme is a developing framework and toolkit that enables employers and training providers to co-create curriculum, share and train staff and build cutting-edge solutions to local sector skills problems. SCTP members BACA, SIGTA and Youthforce have been working with local employers on this initiative and there is a dissemination event on 2 March from 10:00 – 12:00 at Sussex Downs College, Lewes for employers and training providers.
Presenting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Parents and Young People at Hove Town Hall
On 4 July we arranged an event at Hove Town Hall called ‘Apprenticeships – busting the myths’.
Over 600 parents and young people came along to meet training providers to talk about the opportunities that apprenticeships offer.
Promoting Apprenticeships to SMEs. Developing an infographic for employers in East Sussex.
We worked with East Sussex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to create a clear infographic for local small & medium sized businesses. With essential statements, statistics, case studies and testamonials, this resource will be widely shared with small businesses thinking about their apprenticeship offer. Feel free to download and share the infographic. [pdf]
Apprenticeship promotional videos produced by SCTP.
SCTP produced a series of videos for Brighton & Hove City Council, to inform potential apprentices and employers about how apprenticeships work and the opportunities available for apprentices and benefits to different businesses.
They succinctly tell stories about apprenticeships from a range of perspectives, including that of apprentices, employers and parents. All the videos are available on the SCTP YouTube Channel. Feel free to embed these videos in your websites to help spread the word about the benefits of apprentices.
SCTP, in association with CXK Ltd & the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), has produced ten videos promoting apprenticeships. The videos feature employers and apprentices speaking about their positive experiences of being involved in the programme. The videos were successfully showcased at a SELEP skills event and are available for use now and can be accessed on the SCTP You Tube channel.