How can schools support and promote Apprenticeships as a viable route for students? Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, Sarah Barley, offers her advice and tips

I spent the first years of my teaching career listening to students and parents talk about university. It was the only route young people took and that was primarily because no-one really knew about Apprenticeships.

When thinking about next steps after school, many students are unaware of all the options available to them. There is high emphasis put on UCAS and a limited understanding on the value of an Apprenticeship as the first step into a career.

When my line manager approached me to investigate Apprenticeship routes, I was surprised to discover just how many amazing opportunities there were in our local area – and also how many employers were struggling to find apprentices to join their organisations.

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