Apprenticeship Conversations

Over 2019  the Employer & Skills Network (ESN) delivered  Apprenticeship sessions to LaunchPad participants in Medway & Swale to promote and support access to local apprenticeship opportunities.

This session was delivered from The WREC room in the Pentagon, Chatham where every Thursday afternoon LaunchPad deliver enrichment activities. Various sessions are being held to allow our participants to socialise and gain more soft skills; communication, team work, increasing confidence and generally meeting others.

 ESN designed several ‘Snap-Shot’ sessions one being the Apprenticeship Conversation Session, the main aim of this session was to give a myth busting, up to date and realistic overview of apprenticeships including what is an apprenticeship, wages, how to access an apprenticeship, levels, standards and frameworks etc.

 

LaunchPad Medway & Swale participants mentored by CXK  Princes Trust looking for employment with training attend these sessions. The session was informal allowing for questions and group discussions, showcasing the Find an Apprenticeship site, how to effectively register and giving top tips on setting up alerts.

Also showcasing esnonline.org where live vacancies are uploaded by training providers and access to a live stream of current vacancies across Kent and Medway.

ESN has a Resource Page where various uploaded employability tips and relevant resources are located, including information about ‘winning applications’, resources and  a You Tube clip showcasing the importance of ensuring your social media footprint can influence employers perceptions, any of these resources are available to anyone –  learners, mentors or providers and can be accessed and shared.

 

 

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Outcomes

The sessions are successful, one learner found an apprenticeship on our Online Portal and made an application the same day, which was successful.

Knowledge is a powerful motivator.

 

“Very friendly and approachable, also very helpful and informative.”

“Yes. I feel it will improve my chances finding a job.”

“More helpful than the sessions I had on college.”

“Lovely people, lovely atmosphere.”

“It was very helpful. I feel like this course gave me all information I needed to get into the videogames industry.”

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Impact

To date LauchPad has supported  30% of  participants into employment (42 actual participants).

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