For many students, the cost of undertaking a degree can be a deterrence towards attending university.  Apprenticeships offer a route into employment, which will see you mix on-the-job training, with theory based university or college learning.  They are a great way for you to learn the skills and strengths needed for your chosen career, whilst also gaining nationally recognised qualifications, many of which are the equivalent to undertaking a degree at university.  As part of the LAT16, Wilmington Academy students benefit from Trust sponsored events such as the higher apprenticeship evening, which gives students and parents the opportunity to gain an overview of the types of apprenticeships available, as well as tips on where to find opportunities and how to successfully apply.

At Wilmington Academy Post 16, we additionally run events which target students who do not wish to apply for university through UCAS, or wish to enter employment after they leave us. Events such as Routes into Training, Skills 30:30, and Debt Free Degree, help to ensure that students are familiar with their options, and are confident in applying for apprenticeship opportunities.  We also facilitate opportunities for students to hear from, meet, and speak to local and national based employers, allowing them to get a “foot in the door” of our highly competitive labour market.  Our dedicated ‘Apprenticeship’ display also makes students aware of apprenticeship and training opportunities, as well as information relating to the current local labour market to allow them to make informed decisions about which sector to seek their next steps in.

All students have access to a multitude of apprenticeship opportunities through our partnership with CTM Pathways, ASK Apprenticeships, The Education People, and the LAT Engagement Team.  These resources help our young people to make informed decisions about their next steps after leaving Post 16.  Often those wishing to pursue an alternative route to university are unclear about the amazing pathways and opportunities out there for them.  Our aim is to make our young people aware of these opportunities, and more importantly help us to support them in the application process and make them workplace ready.  

Mitchell Beale – Apprenticeship at ITV

Since leaving sixth form in July I have begun my career in TV. I  am currently an apprentice at ITV which means that part of my time here I spend  studying Level 3 Business Studies and other times I spend time working and helping  the magic of TV happen. I have had so many amazing opportunities whilst being at ITV and I’ve only been there  nearly three months! I’ve been able to travel up to Leeds to Emmerdale and to  Manchester  for Coronation Street. I’ve also had a chance to work on The Chase on the  studio floor  and participate in rehearsals for Saturday Night Takeaway, to name a few.

Being an apprentice means that everyone here is so eager to teach you things and let  you soak up the world of TV. Having exposure to all Daytime shows like Good Morning  Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women on a daily basis means that I can learn the ropes of the more creative side of the business.  It goes to show that if you have a passion for something and your hard work, anything is possible. One year ago I was miles away from where I wanted to be. But after persevering it all pays off in the end!