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Services for Young People works with schools and colleges to transform the way young people think about apprenticeships

01 March 2023

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme raises awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels, helping students discover a wider range of career paths.

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Services for Young People (SfYP) delivers the ASK programme in Hertfordshire. Through the programme, schools and colleges can request a wide range of support from qualified SfYP Advisers who deliver activities to inform, inspire and motivate students in School Years 10-13.

Examples of sessions that can be booked include apprenticeship awareness assemblies and interactive workshops on how to register for apprenticeships, CV writing and mock interviews. They can also run information sessions for parents/carers and school staff, including careers advisers.

SfYP has worked with students across Hertfordshire, with 72 schools and four further education colleges registering for the programme. SfYP is on track to exceed its delivery targets for the current academic year.

Feedback from schools and colleges

Head of Year 13 at Presdales School, Ware, said:
“The support we get from our Services for Young People contact is priceless. Her enthusiasm and knowledge are really helpful. The student feedback about the sessions is that it has made them more aware of the type of things they might be asked in interviews as well as preparing for the application process itself.”

Head of 6th Form at Monk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City, said:
“Thank you for the talk last week which was perfect. Lots of students are asking me about apprenticeships now and I can see them doing research as I type!”

Higher Education and Careers Leader at Bishops Stortford College said:
“We've had some excellent feedback on your talk, and it has certainly heightened interest from our parents.”

The ASK programme is fully funded by the Department for Education so is free for schools, colleges and training providers.