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ASK London

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme.

Apprenticeship Awareness Presentation Year 10/11

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Apprenticeship Awareness Video Sixth Form

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UK Government Economic Service

Our current apprentices tell us how they heard about the scheme and what attracted them to apply.

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Transport for London

Here from some of the TFL apprentices.

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By Apprentice Talks. Weekly on Friday, 24 min

A podcast made to educate, inform and give insight into what it’s really like to be an apprentice and juggle multiple worlds. 


S:2 E:1 Juggling Multiple Worlds 

Juggling Multiple Worlds

The life of an apprentice can often be extremely busy. We are used to working on many projects and trying to stay organised in order to manage our work, studying and social life amongst other things. At Apprentice Talks we refer to this as 'juggling multiple worlds' and believe that apprentices do this so much, we even made it our strapline. We wanted to hear from some other apprentices to find out what they get up to at work and how they manage their time. We were lucky enough to be joined by Haider Ali, Level 4 AAT & Level 7 CIMA Apprentice from Rolls Royce and Walyd Abdallah, Level 6 Software Engineering Degree Apprentice from Accenture. 33 minutes

S:2 E:2 Gaining confidence as an apprentice 

Gaining confidence as an apprentice

This weeks episode focuses on confidence as an apprentice. For most, the idea of joining a business is both exciting and daunting at the same time. Us apprentices can probably all remember our first day, our first meeting, our first mistake and most importantly building up the courage to point out our colleagues mistakes. It's never easy being one of the youngest members of a team, but that's mainly just because we lack confidence. This quickly changes though! 

One apprentice who can agree, is William Laven, a graduate level 3 Business and Admin Apprentice, now Operations Executive at Publics Media. William suffers from dyslexia and a stammer, which he says he used to really struggle with, particularly at school but also in job interviews. However, William has not let that hold him back and throughout his apprenticeship has gained the confidence he needs to be extremely successful, winning awards and even publicly speaking about apprenticeships and his stammer. William has a truly inspirational story, so click the play button and take a listen! 19 minutes

S:2 E:3 Where an apprenticeship could take you

Where an apprenticeship could take you

Episode 3 of our second series is all about where an apprenticeship can take you. We talk to two brilliant graduate apprentices, Holly Garrett, a graduate Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice working as a Marketing Executive at Tesco, and, Shola West, a graduate Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprentice working as a Community Associate at WhiteHat.

Holly and Shola take us through the journeys they have had whilst being an apprentice, some of the incredible opportunities they have received and what they have achieved since graduating their apprenticeships. Take a listen and find out what you could achieve through an apprenticeship!  35 minutes

S:2 E:4 Where in the world can an apprenticeship take you?

Where in the world can an apprenticeship take you?

Most apprentices will tell you that taking an apprenticeship is a great opportunity, but many apprentices will tell you it's the opportunities that come from taking an apprenticeship that can really change your life. This week we talk to two apprentices who have been lucky enough to travel internationally through their apprenticeships.

Emily, a Level 6 International Rotational Degree Apprentice at Pearson College London works as a Student Recruitment Assistant. Emily has had the opportunity to work in the Philippines as part of her apprenticeship and would have had another international placement this year too had it have been safe to travel.

Akua, a Level 4 Engineer Apprentice and Software Engineer at Lyst, was a Grace Hopper competition winner, which resulted in her attending the Grace Hopper Conference which brings together leading women entrepreneurs at the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. The conference was held in Florida, and whilst in the USA, Akua was lucky enough to visit NASA.

S:2 E:5 Do apprenticeships help career progression?

Do apprenticeships help career progression?

In this episode we look at how apprenticeships can help with career progression. We are joined by Charlotte Stoddard, who is now completing her third apprenticeship with Trafford Council. Charlotte is an associate member of the CIPD, the sub-regional Chair for the Greater Manchester Young Apprentice Ambassador Network and won apprentice of the year in 2017.

Charlotte has accelerated her career by choosing the apprenticeship route and is now an experienced HR professional working towards gaining a level 5 qualification. You can find out more about Charlotte's career journey and her successes. (24 minutes)

S:2 E:6 Careers you can break into through an apprenticeship

Careers you can break into through an apprenticeship

We're sometimes told that apprenticeships are only for those who wish to be plumbers and hairdressers, the reality is that couldn't be further from the truth. There are currently 739 approved apprenticeship standards being delivered!

This week we hear from Maia, a Level 7 Solicitor Apprentice working at DAC Beachcroft, and Emma, a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice, who works as a Software Engineer at Thales. We discuss some of the exciting things they get up to within their roles and give you some tips and insights into how to break into similar roles.  (21 minutes)

S:2 E:7 Why employers value apprentices

Why employers value apprentices

Employers play a fundamental role within apprenticeships, so it was vital that they featured on at least one episode of Apprentice Talks. We wanted to understand why employers value apprentices so much and why apprentices are key to closing the skills gap.

On this episode we're joined by Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Manager at IBM, and Daniell Morrisey, Senior Editorial Early Careers Schemes Manager at the BBC. Both Jenny and Daniell make it clear that apprentices are an essential part of their organisations and help them future proof their business, as well as allowing the organisation to reach younger audiences.

S:2 E:8 Convincing your parents that an apprenticeship is the route for you

Convincing your parents that an apprenticeship is the route for you

The Apprentice Talks team are reunited for this episode to discuss how their parents reacted to them starting their apprenticeships.

We understand that many things influence the choices you make, especially when you're going through education. Whilst many parents are extremely supportive whatever route you may choose, some may not quite understand how life-changing an apprenticeship can be. Things have changed so much over the years and the apprenticeships that are now on offer are probably very different from the ones your parents know of. Due to this, some parents still think university is the only route to success. We're here to help you show them that apprenticeships are just as credible and offer you an alternative pathway to success. 

S:2 E:9 What can I get involved with as an apprentice? 

What can I get involved with as an apprentice?

If I complete an apprenticeship I'll have no social life and will miss out on loads of other exciting opportunities!


In this episode we're joined by Jasmine King, Housing Policy and Practice Degree Apprentice at FlagShip Group, and Anna Morrison, Director of Amazing Apprenticeships who discuss the endless opportunities available to apprentices. From going to the pub or out for lunch to speaking at school events or in front of MPs, apprentices get to do so many amazing things. Hit play to find out what else you could get up to as an apprentice!

All About Apprenticeships

“All About Apprenticeships” is a new ten-part podcast series presented by leading broadcaster Georgie Frost. All About Apprenticeships covers all the topics you need to know about the world of apprenticeships. Each week, the podcast will spotlight all the big news with a panel of experts, as well as chatting to big name guests, and even some of the apprentices themselves. You can listen, leave a rating and subscribe in all your usual podcast places.


GSK apprentices

GSK are a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. 


BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. There are more than 50  apprenticeships on offer at BAE Systems, and this year we were proud to be named Macro Apprentice Employer of the Year.