Apprenticeships are a great way to move from education into work, gaining skills and experience while earning a salary. Employers can ‘grow their own’ talent, helping new employees learn the habits and skills they’ll need to succeed in your business. We actively promote apprenticeships to students as an option after GCSEs or A levels and support businesses to offer apprenticeships. One of the specific goals of the Signpost 2 Skills progamme is to contribute to 420 new apprenticeship starts in the strategically significant STEM sectors over a five-year period.

We run events throughout the year at schools for students, staff and parents, giving them a chance to meet apprentice employers and learn what’s involved. We also run events for businesses to learn how to get started with apprentices and to meet the training providers. Businesses also post their local apprenticeships on Step Up so young people can see what’s available locally.