New Economy has funded a range of initiatives to help schools and colleges develop their career education and guidance provision for young people and to help young people access IAG services. One of these projects is the Apprenticeship IAG programme.
Over the next two years (starting on 1st August 2014), this project will provide dedicated and specialist information, advice and guidance to young people (15-24), parents/carers and teachers on the Apprenticeship option. The project is run by a partnership of: all local targeted IAG providers; the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network; and Key103.
The lead partner is Positive Steps, a charitable trust that currently provides IAG services in three local authority areas in Greater Manchester. All staff linked to the project are fully qualified career professionals who will ensure that any guidance provided is impartial and independent – they are not there to persuade young people to try an Apprenticeship, but to ensure that they have all the information needed to consider and pursue that option should they so decide.
The Offer for Schools and Colleges
The project will be working alongside each local IAG provider as a complimentary service – not trying to replace them. They are looking to offer schools and colleges a range of inputs that can meet the needs of students, all of which are completely free of charge. This can be part of events that are already planned, such as careers exhibitions, or they can work with schools/colleges to organise new events. The three options on offer are:
Key103 Media Bus: The Key103 Media Bus is a way to interact with students on Apprenticeships. The Media Bus (pictured below) is a fully-equipped resource which has spacious work benches and four laptops, all with working internet access that can be used either for small groups of 12 students (one-hour lessons) during which they use the full recording facilities to create podcasts and vox-pops about Apprenticeships, learning more about them at the same time, or for larger number of students who can use the resources to look in detail at Apprenticeships. The Key103 Media Bus is a fun, practical way of getting students involved and engaged with Apprenticeships and can be used as a stand-alone resource at a school/college for a day or to enhance another event that may be running.
There is a total of 36 days per year for the Media Bus, spread across the ten local authorities.
Inflatable Apprenticeship Pod: The Pod is an inflatable stand (3mx3m), branded for Apprenticeships that can be used as part of an exhibition or event. It would be staffed by project Advisers (and the local IAG provider if they wish) and have all resources needed for students or parents/carers to find out more and register for Apprenticeships.
Attendance at Events: If space is limited, then project Advisers can attend with simple pull-up stands to any relevant event that may be running. Again they will have all of the necessary information that students or parents/carers would need about Apprenticeships.
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