We work with schools across the district to promote the benefits of apprenticeships, so when Castleford Academy approached us and asked if could help support groups of Year 11 students we welcomed the opportunity to show what apprenticeships with us are all about.
The students were able to learn about apprenticeships, the benefits and the opportunities they create as well as hear about our recruitment process, and how our candidates are put through their paces at the interview stage.
Reagan Clarke, Apprentice Joiner and Office Apprentices, Tom Murray, Ethan Mattison and Jess Allen, who previously attended Castleford Academy, joined Amy to share their knowledge and experience. The students got a lot from being able to get first hand information from young people on the apprenticeship programme.
Students were given more general career support with help to write a CV and interview practice to prepare them for when they start applying for jobs.
Reagan said: “I really enjoyed being able to go back to my old school and answer questions from the pupils. It showed me how far I have come since leaving school and the opportunities my apprenticeship has given me. I would have never done anything like that before!”
The pupils who attended were enthusiastic and gained a lot from the sessions. They left the session with a better understanding of an employer’s expectations.
Jackie Siddall from Castleford Academy’s Career Team said: “From my point of view these sessions are ideal for our pupils. Former students being able to attend the sessions adds an important extra dimension as the members of the group can relate to them. The information delivered was useful for students at all levels of ability so they can gain the same valuable knowledge for students to carry on and confidently apply for, and hopefully secure, an apprenticeship in the future.”