University does not appeal to every student, and with this in mind, our Post 16 students had the opportunity to hear more about the benefits of apprenticeships as part of their Project Based Learning Week.

With guest speakers including Terri McDonald (Kent Apprenticeships and Training), Simon Keane (Ecce Media), and Dominic Hurrell (BAE Systems), students were first introduced to the benefits of applying for an apprenticeship. Students were taken through how to apply for an apprenticeship, what employers are looking for in successful applicants, as well as hints and tip to be successful in the job market.

After a short break, students were then given the opportunity to take part in a apprenticeships and careers carousel, with exhibitors including Middleton Murray, Mid Kent College, Kent Training and Apprenticeships and Gillingham Community Trust.

Student Feedback:

“Hearing from current apprentices was really good. It allowed me to hear about what being an apprentice is really like.” – Daniel

“I learnt about the different types of apprenticeships out there, and also, how to best approach applications.” – Grace

Teacher Feedback:

“Beyond the qualifications has become a philosophy at Wilmington Academy Post 16, as we look to develop our students more than just academically. Our goal is to look beyond the lessons, which are taught during lessons, in order to develop our students into well-rounded individuals who are ready for the world of work. The apprenticeship talk and carousel was the perfect way to help students to think about what they can do with their qualifications.”

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