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National Apprenticeship Week - The what, why and how of apprenticeships

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Make this online workshop part of your National Apprenticeship Week

3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 - that’s the government plan. But, according to a recent report by the Student Room, only 1 in 10 students feel informed about Apprenticeships, 6% of students said that they would consider an Apprenticeship while 62% said they weren’t interested at all.

Class Careers are keen to address this apparent lack of awareness by running an online workshop for students to find out more about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to them. We have teamed up with several companies who will have volunteers available to talk to students about the training opportunities and pathways available within their organisations.

Your students will have the opportunity to ask all the questions they may have such as

- What is an apprenticeship?
- How much do they pay?
- What are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship
- What qualifications do I need to start?
- What do the different levels mean?

Held in the comfort of your own classroom, your students will watch a short video about apprenticeships before chatting directly with a member of the team from one of the contributors. This could be a current apprentice or a member of the recruitment team.


Is it simple to set up?

Yes. To participate, all your school or college needs is a computer room with internet access. The workshops can be conducted from your school’s computer room or IT suite. Each student must have access to a computer in order to make the most of the online chats.

How does it work?

The workshops can be conducted from your school’s computer room or IT suite. Each student must have access to a computer in order to make the most of the online chats. We prepare the resources for the workshop and send these to the school teacher who is delivering the session.

Do Class Careers come out to deliver the workshop?

No, the workshops have been designed to be delivered by teachers or school/college staff within the school setting.

How many staff are required to run the session?

We'd suggest you have a ratio of 2 staff to a class of 30 students, to support your students. However we'll leave it to you to decide.

Who can join?
This workshop is open to students in Years 9-13 who are interested in finding out more about potential options for apprenticeships.

Is it safe?

Yes. All of our members of staff are fully trained and security systems are put in place alongside your existing IT systems to ensure that your students are talking directly with the team. We will contact your IT department once you have signed up to ensure they remove any blocks/firewalls so your students can access the online chat.

How long does the workshop take?

You need to set aside around 50 minutes of lesson time in total. The workshop will consist of a short introduction to the workshop through lesson slides (which will be available to you before the workshop and we ask that you work through these with your students in advance of the online chat element), a video introduction of the sector which you will watch online, followed by a 20 minute one-to-one, online chat. After watching the video, your students will need to go to the link (included in the end of the lesson plan) to start the 20 minute online chat. We estimate the session before joining the online chat will take around 30 minutes. Please note: your EventBrite booking time refers to the time you will need to join the online chat part of the session.

How do I sign up?
To sign up you need to purchase each of your students a ticket through EventBrite. Please ensure that you buy the correct amount of tickets - one ticket per student. After selecting your time slot, you can then select a number of tickets. All tickets are free.

Why do I have to sign up to a specific time slot?

We want to ensure we can answer all your students questions therefore it’s important we allocate time slots. Twenty minutes is the amount of time students will have to chat with a members of the team (we allow 30 minute time slots to allow time for students to log on the system).

What is the maximum number of students that can take part?

There is no minimum or maximum number.

Information for lesson coordinators:

All lesson plans, slides and workshop information will be available on our website: in advance of the workshop. We will notify you via email once the lesson resources become available.

What do I need to do in advance to the workshop?

Once you receive our email to notify you the lesson resources are available, you will need to download these and look through them in advance of the workshop. In order for your students to get the best out of this session, we suggest the lesson coordinator runs through the slides and video with the students in the 30minutes before the online chat element.

I am a student, can I book a place independently?

Yes. Our workshops are generally aimed at groups or a class of students, however if you are particularly interested in this sector we wouldn't want you to miss out. You will need to select the "Individual Student" ticket when making your booking. Please note there are a limited number of these tickets.

If you have any questions, please email

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