The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how their students think about apprenticeships.
Schools can access a variety of support including
- Student awareness sessions
- CPD for teachers
- Parents events
Providing advice to students at an earlier age, services have been extended to include students in KS3, to help spark an interest in the apprenticeship pathways and give them more time to consider the wide variety of apprenticeship options available to them.
- Raising awareness of the different entry levels, progression opportunities and wide range of sectors available through the apprenticeship route.
- Raising awareness of higher and degree apprenticeship options as an alternative to full time university.
ASK also trains young apprentices who are interested in joining/have applied to join the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN). The core purpose of the YAAN is to grow and expand the apprenticeship programme by engaging with and providing information on apprenticeships to young people through a number of different activities and events. The role of the ambassador is to promote apprenticeships and inspire other young people by describing their direct experience.
Useful facts on ASK delivery
During the academic year, KATO on behalf of the ASK Programme we have successfully created some amazing opportunities.
- 69 schools included an ASK engagement with their Careers Plans.
- 14,000+ students between the ages of 14-18 have received ASK support.
- 1,900+ students signed up for the Find An Apprenticeship website.
- 70+ workshops have been undertaken with students to support a deeper knowledge of the apprenticeship and application expectations.
- 300+ Parents have engaged with the ASK Programme.