19 Mar Basildon Council apprentices share personal stories to inspire school pupils
Apprentices from Basildon Council and its property services contractor Morgan Sindall visited schools in the borough to inspire Year 10 pupils.
Pilot ‘Route Through’ events took place at Beauchamps High School and Woodlands School during National Apprenticeship Week 2018 to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. Current and former apprentices gave presentations at the event to share their personal experiences. Parents and pupils were also invited to take part in a question and answer session.
Floyd Itter, a Higher Apprentice in Basildon Council’s Economic Development Team, said: “By using apprentices who are at various stages of their journey, some who are now in full time roles, we were able to relate to the audience and promote just how diverse apprenticeships are. We wanted our personal presentations to really inspire those who are considering enrolling in apprenticeship schemes after school as well as those who are still sitting on the fence.”
Feedback showed that 100% of pupils left the event interested in enrolling in an apprenticeship scheme in the future, with 95% finding the personal stories useful. More than 93% of parents agreed the ‘Route Through’ pilot provided a better idea of what apprenticeships involve and where they can lead.