COA Regional Meeting: North West

An Update on Apprenticeships

An Update on Apprenticeships

Leader — Clare Howard, COA
Date — 20 June 2019
Time — 12.30 – 15.30 (Lunch at 12.30 followed by presentation at 13.30)
Venue — Sedbergh School, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5HG
Cost — There is no charge for this meeting
Topic — An Update on Apprenticeships

Speakers: Sarah Womersley, Skills and Development Adviser, INSPIRA and Margaret Watson, Apprenticeship and School Development Manager, Cumbria County Council. We will also welcome two Apprentice Ambassadors.

Our first speaker, Sarah Womersley will focus upon Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. There will be a breakdown covering the following:

  • -Structure of apprenticeships (Higher Education)
  • -Search engines to find opportunities
  • -Applications & Interview processes
  • -Expectations of students, parents & employers
  • -Pay grades plus employment benefits
  • -Opportunities in the Cumbria/Lancashire area
  • -Why choose an apprenticeship over University?

INSPIRA are part of the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) which is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how students think about apprenticeships. The project’s aim is to work with teachers, careers advisors, parents and governors, alongside other key partners, to support schools and ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Our second speaker, Margaret Watson manages the apprenticeship programme at Cumbria County Council and will give us an employer’s perspective. Nearly 4% of employees are apprentices at CCC which exceeds government targets and they have won a national award for their programme. They have been recognised for developing the numbers, range and levels of apprenticeships available for young people in Cumbria and progressing them into employment through workforce planning. Apprenticeships range from Accountancy and Firefighting to Project Management and Civil Engineering.

Margaret will be accompanied by two Apprentice Ambassadors who will also be able to give us their perspective.

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