No matter what your future holds, qualifications in mathematics and English will always be useful. Many apprenticeships and training courses require you to have certain levels of mathematics and English, so keeping these skills fresh will be important. In order to keep these skills up to date, we would recommend:
- Complete the numeracy and Foundation 5-a-day pages from Corbett Maths: https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/
- Complete the Functional Skills section on BBC Bitesize – this allows you to choose different areas of work which could apply to your apprenticeship. For example, Engineering or Catering. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjd8jty
- Test and develop your knowledge of grammar and punctuation by completing the quizzes on the Bristol University website. Everything from commas to common mistakes are covered. https://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/
- Complete the Functional Skills section on BBC Bitesize – this allows you to choose different areas of work which could apply to your apprenticeship. For example, Engineering or Catering. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmqj2nb
Alongside this, we would recommend that students complete the National Apprenticeship Service Apprenticeship Pack which can be accessed at:
We would also recommend completing the following activities:
Participate in an ASK Live Broadcast
Amazing Apprenticeships Live Broadcasts showcase some of the most inspiring apprenticeship opportunities available and feature live interviews with top employers and their apprentices. Watch the Live Broadcasts to have your questions answered live on air. Alternatively, you can watch on catch-up at a time to suit you. Broadcasts cover a wide range of apprenticeships including Construction, Project Management, Engineering and many other topics.
Apprenticeship pros and cons
Research at least two of the apprenticeship programmes listed on the document below to find out more about the how they operate. List your pros and cons and report back to a friend or your parent or carer!
Apprenticeship Role Models
There are quite a few famous people who were once an apprentice. Use the resource below and accompanying answer sheet to look at the range of celebrities and the apprenticeships that they undertook. Research two role models and write a paragraph about their career path. Does anyone surprise you?
Can you get this job through an apprenticeship?
Using the resource provided below, which lists 10 job roles, research whether you think there is an apprenticeship linked to that career or if you would need to follow a full time university programme. Discuss the findings with your parents or carer. What did you discover that was surprising?
Getting connected through social media
Identify some apprenticeship employers that you might be interested in working for, and find all of the social media connections to them and write them down. Collate and share the ideas with other students. Twitter is a good place to start!
Higher and degree apprenticeships – make them your Plan A
Meet four inspirational higher and degree apprentices who are working in marketing, law, construction and pharmaceutical research. Hear about some of the tasks that they undertake each day and the salaries they earn. Write a paragraph about each apprentice summarising their role and the salary that they earn.
Technology apprenticeships for the new generation
From working in technical support on wind turbines, to developing the technology used in touchline flags or developing apps for Channel 4 – you will definitely be amazed at the range of technology involved in these apprenticeships. Write 10 bullet points illustrating the new things you have learnt from the following video.
New recruitment methods for apprenticeships
We know that sometimes it can feel like every employer is recruiting to their roles differently – the truth is they often are. Watch this animation to hear from Michelle who works for the Cabinet Office. She will explain some of the different recruitment methods employers are using and how technology helps them to decide if you might be right for the apprenticeship. Make a list of all of the different techniques that you could experience when applying for a role.
Follow @apprenticeships on Twitter
@apprenticeships is the official twitter account for the National Apprenticeship Service. They will help individuals across England with #apprenticeships. Each day they will tweet and re-tweet anything that is relevant and interesting regarding apprenticeships, including helping to promote employers that have apprenticeship vacancies.
Research where you will be spending most of your time
You wouldn’t be expected to apply to university without researching the institution and going on a visit. Exactly the same applies to apprenticeships. Use the activity sheet below to research the employer websites and compile a list of important information. There are questions at the bottom of the sheet.
Research what you will be studying
Apprenticeships are not just one qualification or a course – for each apprenticeship there is a document called a ‘standard’. A standard is a 2 or 3 page document that explains the detail of the programme. The approved standards outline the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of an apprentice and the job they will need to be able to do by the time they have
completed their apprenticeship. Find an apprenticeship on the website below and write a paragraph about the detail of the apprenticeship standards for that role.