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Career Options at 16:

Apprenticeships ost young people and their parents realise that Apprenticeships are an important career option to be given serious consideration. Many young people go straight onto an Apprenticeship after leaving school at 16. An Apprenticeship is an employed position with training towards recognised industry qualifications. As well as gaining

the benefits The benefits of going on an Apprenticeship include: + a salary: an Apprenticeship is a debt-free route into a career + paid holidays + quality training at a pace to suit the individual + excellent progression opportunities up the career ladder + national, industry-recognised qualifications + gaining the employability skills that employers are looking for + personal development + the possibility to progress from an Apprenticeship into University + expert support for apprentices with a learning difficulty or disability

Over 5000 16 to 18 year olds on Merseyside started an Apprenticeship last year. valuable work experience, apprentices achieve NVQ level 2 or 3, and useful skills for employment such as team-working, problem-solving, and communication skills. They also gain technical certificates such as BTEC or City & Guilds. Employers really value apprentices because they have work experience and industry skills. Many companies use Apprenticeships as a way of recruiting school leavers and developing them as key members of staff. A large proportion of apprentices are kept on with their company after their Apprenticeship has finished. An apprentice’s employer provides their on-the-job training and pays their wages. A learning provider is a specialist training organisation or college who will deliver the rest of the apprentice’s training. The learning provider appoints a mentor for the apprentice, who follows their progress and works with the employer to ensure their training is well planned. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector. The Government pays for the training of all apprentices who start between the ages of 16 and 18. To find out more about Apprenticeships and opportunities on Merseyside, you can speak directly to a local Apprenticeships learning provider. They are all listed at



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Working with schools for pupil success everal Merseyside learning providers collaborate with schools to offer pupils vocational qualifications. They also provide information to help pupils make choices about their options at age 16. Hair and beauty provider, Michael John Academy opened their world class facilities in Liverpool City Centre in January 2012. They have delivered training for many Merseyside schools including Woodchurch High, South Wirral High School and St Mary's High School on the Wirral. In Liverpool, they helped Broadgreen High School develop an onsite training salon, and provide enrichment programmes for pupils at Litherland High.

current apprentices, or ex-apprentices who have built successful careers. GMLPF also work closely with Wirral Learning Provider Network, a collaboration of learning providers on the Wirral. Wirral Learning Providers Network regularly attend careers events at Wirral schools, providing pupils and parents with information about vocational options including Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) represents nearly 70 Merseyside learning providers like Michael John Academy and others who offer Apprenticeships and the recently introduced Traineeships and Study Programmes. In collaboration with its members, GMLPF are able to offer schools a range of support to raise awareness of Apprenticeships and other vocational options for its pupils. This includes attendance at careers evenings, and Apprenticeships presentations for pupils and/or parents. Schools can also request talks by local apprentice employers,

Learning Providers: Helping Apprentices Succeed Apprenticeships are offered by specialist training organisations or colleges, often referred to as learning providers. Apprentices do the majority of their training “on-the-job” with employers but they are also registered with a learning provider with whom they do additional training to achieve their qualifications. The learning provider appoints a mentor for the apprentice, to follow their progress and work with the employer to ensure the training is well planned. Learning providers draw up an individual programme of support for each apprentice, tailored to their needs. This might include things like support for learning difficulties, or extra help with maths or English.

Adam receiving his Wirral Young Chef of the Year Award



Adam Bowers has the recipe for success dam knew he wanted a career in the food industry from an early age. Following in the footsteps of his mum and dad seemed like a natural progression for him. They ran a successful catering company in Wirral and Adam was exposed to many aspects of commercial and domestic cooking while growing up. That gave him the motivation and confidence to pursue his future career as he enrolled at Wirral Met College to study for his NVQs in catering. Adam started working at the Collingwood restaurant before moving on to the Portrait House as a commis chef and has worked his way up to position of head chef at the age of just 25. Being one of the youngest head chefs in Merseyside is not Adam’s only achievement however as he was also named Young Chef of the Year at the Wirral Tourism Awards for 2013. His ultimate ambition is to own his own restaurant. Of his career to date Adam says ‘If you want it bad enough anything is possible but success will only come with lots of hard work. I’ve had amazing role models and I’ve seen through experience that if you put in effort you can achieve anything. The thing is you should always be looking to improve and develop your skills further. That’s what I really enjoy about my job as it gives me the chance to experiment and try new things. Wirral Met College has a great catering department and I’d recommend any young person to look at what they can offer to help launch a career with food’.

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Extra help accessing Apprenticeships ot every young person who leaves school at 16 is quite ready to go straight onto an Apprenticeship. Some need extra help with Maths or English, or perhaps communication or IT skills before an employer will take them on as an apprentice. The Key To Apprenticeships programme is an ideal way for school leavers to gain extra skills before applying for an Apprenticeship. Key To Apprenticeships is a full-time vocational programme for 16 to 18 year old school leavers. It’s designed to put them in prime position to apply for an Apprenticeship and succeed at interview. It’s ideal for those who have already decided what industry they want to work in, and have the ability to achieve a level 2 qualification.

Benefits of the Key To Apprenticeship programme • Placements in industry

Valuable work experience in your chosen sector: a chance to prove yourself in the workplace.

• Qualifications

Industry relevant qualifications, recognised and valued by employers.

Hanna Hanna always wanted to become a teacher but she left school with few qualifications. Things took a turn for the better when she enrolled on a Key To Apprenticeships programme in Childcare. The programme turned her life around and enabled her to progress onto a full Apprenticeship in Childcare. She is now studying for a full honours degree in Children and Youth Studies at Hope University. Hanna trained with Aigburth Training Opportunities.

• Skills

You’ll develop essential skills for success in work and in life such as interview skills and basic finance skills.

• Maths and English support

You can get support to improve your Maths and English skills if necessary.

• Advice

Access to lots of information and advice to help you succeed.

• Apprenticeship opportunities

Many employers who take learners on placement through a Key To Apprenticeships course go on to employ them as full apprentices. The Key To Apprenticeships programme is funded and managed by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation. It is currently available in the following sectors: Childcare, Construction, Customer service, Dental nursing, Glass operations, Hairdressing, Health and social care, Horticulture, Hospitality and catering, Live Events Management, Music Production, Performance skills, and Sports coaching. For further information about Key To Apprenticeships visit or go to our facebook page



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Lee hits the right notes with Mode’s Key to Apprenticeships programme rom an early age, Liverpool guitarist Lee knew he wanted a career in music production. Although he tried for many months following his GCSEs he could not find any relevant work experience or courses that included real industry placements. Then he discvered Mode’s Key to Apprenticeships music industry programmes at a careers event and realised Mode could provide him with the work experience he needed and the relevant music industry qualifications.


Practical skills

With practical sessions on performing, using recording technology and DJing taught by music industry professionals, Mode’s unique Key To Apprenticeships programme provided Lee with a catalogue of skills and a real insight into the music business. As well as learning about studio equipment, students are encouraged to produce their own music.

Industry qualifications

During his time with Mode, Lee achieved a Level 2 certificate in Music Performance Skills and Level 1 certificate in Preparation for Employment. Going on to achieve a Level 2 extended certificate in Music Technology.

A bright future

With experience and qualifications Lee is now able to help produce other artists’ music. He does this whilst also contributing to Liverpool’s vibrant music scene: writing, recording and performing his own material. He will soon start training as a tutor and assessor for the Key to Apprenticeships music courses at Mode.

Creative and Digital Media – Liverpool Community College aving worked part time in the mailing house of a local publishing company, whilst studying at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Alex Ramsay, from Birkenhead, was offered a full time role as a trainee graphic designer. Having accepted the position he was enrolled on the newly established Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeship at Liverpool Community College. The course covered all aspects of graphic design, web design and digital photography with students able to select a range of modules appropriate to advancement in their specific working environment. The 18 month course was based around one college day per week and four days in a work based environment where students would receive on the job training from qualified work colleagues. This proved an ideal combination that provided a flexible structure tailored towards the needs of the individual. The apprenticeship allowed students to make an instant contribution towards their parent company while also receiving, professional, targeted tuition and specific job related training. Having finished his apprenticeship in September, Alex has earned



himself a full time position as a graphic designer with his parent company Let’s Go! Publishing with sole responsibility for the design and production of a portfolio of magazine titles including Good2Go! Other duties include creation of corporate logos, production of advertising copy, website creation and maintenance, email marketing campaigns and more.


Alex said: “The Creative Apprenticeship was perfect for me and gave me everything I needed to achieve my goals. Its flexible structure and professional tuition gave me a platform that was tailored to my specific needs. It was hard work but I am genuinely delighted that I took this opportunity as I now have a job that I love and a career for life. “

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Specialist Support for apprentices with learning difficulties or disabilities pprenticeships are a good career option for young people with a range of learning difficulties such as dyslexia or autism. This is thanks to Apprenticeship providers who offer highly specialised support tailored for these students. Training Plus merseyside (tpm) is one such provider. They offer Apprenticeships in barbering, business administration, customer service, childcare and hairdressing, and are recognised by many as a national example of best practice in a “Apprenticeships are supporting students with learning for s es cc su to proven route difficulties or disabilities. abilities tpm helps many school leavers recognise previously undiagnosed learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD or dyspraxia. tpm helps them secure paid Apprenticeships with supportive employers, achieve qualifications and long term employment.

individuals with dis anks to such as dyslexia, th m. This tp as providers such ve ha ey th e us ca is be e and nc rie pe ex , se rti pe ex ach a collaborative appro s nt de stu res su that en ’s at th t or pp su e eiv rec s.” tailored to their need Steve O’Brien CEO dation th of e Dyslexia Foun

tpm uses sophisticated technology for assessing students’ needs so that appropriate support can be provided throughout their Apprenticeship programme. Most significantly, tpm’s organisational culture actively celebrates difference which provides a nurturing environment for all young people. tpm’s excellent collaboration with partners such as the Dyslexia Foundation plays an important role in the success of their students, and has been highlighted by Ofsted.

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Aaron Aaron struggled at school and also had problems at home. He enrolled on a Key To Apprenticeships course after being excluded from school. Whilst on the course, Aaron received specialist support. He greatly improved his punctuality, attendance and attitude. He gained qualifications and interview skills which enabled him to progress onto an Apprenticeship in Construction. Now, he’s earning a wage and is well on the way to becoming a professional tradesperson. Aaron trained with Communiversity.

aniel Callister has enjoyed a fantastic career progression having started as an Apprentice, he has now just been promoted to Nursery Manager of the stunning new Upton Day Nursery. Apprenticeship Daniel attended tpm from 2003 when he was 17 until 2007, completing his level 2 and 3 apprenticeship in childcare, including key skills qualifications. He is now 27 and a Level 4-qualified Manager and states ‘the encouragement and dyslexia-learning-support I received were critically important and provided me with long-term strategies for learning. These have given me the confidence to continue studying further to achieve my career aspirations’. Nursery management and safe use of technology After demonstrating an award-winning Early Years observation-App '2 build a profile' on his iPad, Dan explains, "technology has supported my access to learning and helped my progression from apprenticeship to higher qualifications. It's important to operate technology safely in our setting and technologies that make apprenticeships and higher learning accessible to people with dyslexia while reducing administrative burdens from occupational roles. Foundation degree and professional status Dan recently completed first year exams on the ‘FdA Early Years Practice’ at Liverpool John Moore’s University. This is a level 5 qualification endorsed by the Children's Workforce Development Council. Daniel will continue to attend university 2 nights per week for another year. Employer engagement and collaboration Dan continues to contribute to tpm curriculum development and quality improvements. Director, Brian Quinn said, ‘Dan is a beacon to all young people aspiring to professional status, he has broken traditional female stereotypes in the childcare sector and defeated barriers to learning with dignity and the respect of everyone he encountered along the way; we’re immensely proud of him.



Career Options  

This publication is from issue 6 of the Good2Go Magazine which is distributed to schools on the Wirral.

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