Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship week

This National Apprenticeship Week  and on International Women’s Day, Inspiring the Future ran an  Inspiring Apprenticeship event at Eastbrook School in Dagenham.

Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship week Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship week Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship week

Please see all photos from the event here.

This event come shortly after the launch of a new report by Education and Employers charity which looks at some of the negative perceptions about apprenticeships, including gender stereotyping, and how schools and colleges can tackle these by inviting apprentices in to talk about their positive experiences and their careers.

At the event, over 30 former or current apprentices – many of whom are women – talked to students about their experiences. They include a Solicitor Apprentice from Withers LLP, Apprentice Engineers from Homeserve, Diary Secretary Apprentice from The Cabinet Office and many more, demonstrating the diverse range of apprenticeships. They will be talking to students about their experiences of being an apprentice, and tackling some of the gender and other stereotypes around this route.

Eastbrook School Head Teacher, Valerie Dennis talks about what an impact Inspiring Apprenticeships event had on her students.

A huge thank you to our fantastic volunteers:

AbiGanesalinghamAccentureFinancial Services Consultant
TalitKhanAdvantageSEND ConsultingEducation Consultant
RoselynUnegbuAssociation for Project ManagementHead of Programmes
HayleyAndrewsBarnard & WestwoodBook Binder
AaishaMughalBevan Brittan LLPLegal Apprentice
KeevaChallisBevan Brittan LLPLegal Apprentice
LybovTurchynCabinet OfficeDiary Secretary
ChelsieOakleyCapgeminiCyber Security Apprentices
ClareMillsCapgeminiSchool Programme Manager
SophieBanksCBREApprentice Surveyor
KellyFreemanDfTCommercial Skills & Capability Manager
ChristineSimonDWPJCP West London Schools Adviser
RebeccaWhiteFirst IntuitionSkill and Development Coach
DaisyTyermanGSKManufacturing Science Apprentices
DaniellaTubb-WhittingtonGSKApprentice Recruitment Account Manager
PaulMannHomeServeTechnical Services Manager
ToniOakley TulkHomeServeApprentice
KarenTaylorLIBFHead of Apprenticeships
SoniaAlonso VincenteLink GroupSenior Project Manager
CharlieEdwardsLondon Skills for Growth
MarieO’learyLondon Skills for Growth
NicoleClavierLondon Skills for Growth
VictoriaJonesLondon Skills for Growth
MarkBurgessMerchant Navy Training BoardTraining Development Manager
LucyFreemanMerchant Navy Training BoardRoyal Fleet Auxilary
MasumaBegumMischon De ReyaLegal services Apprentice
MeganTaylorMOJNew Apprentice
MaybellSaliuNetwork RailProgramme Administrator
MinaarHansiNHSPerformance and Quality Analyst
BrendanDevereauxPrime Minister’s OfficeDrafter, Ministerial Correspondence Team
JessMcKeeverPrime Minister’s OfficeLogistics and Events Officer (former apprentice)
SamGoldPrime Minister’s Office
MargaretDalySIRM Marketing & Recruitment Manager
CourtneyLeaver-GritterTFLTrain Maintence Apprentice
AbenaAsamoa-BonsuTFL SystemsLead Project Engineer
ChloeMilesTFL SystemsApprentice Quantity Surveyor
RebeccaBaldersonTFL SystemsApprentice Engineer
ShermenaReidTFL SystemsEngineering Apprentice
EvieGowlettWithers LLPSolicitor Apprentice
HalimaKhanumWithers LLPSolicitor Apprentice

If you would like to volunteer in schools talking about your apprenticeship story, please sign up to Inspiring the Future.


Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship weekOne of our volunteers, Holly Moor, Apprentice Solicitor at ITV talked about her apprenticeship experience:

“I started looking for legal apprenticeships as I was studying for my A levels. I thought that a mixture of practical work and academic study was best suited to somebody like me who always wants to take on a challenge. Also, I felt that an apprenticeship would provide me with practical legal skills, which are a fundamental part of being a solicitor and which I would not develop as early if I went to university full time. I felt that this apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity to become a fully qualified solicitor, while gaining a huge amount of hands-on experience and incurring no university debt. I also felt that ITV as an organisation would be the perfect workplace for me, as I would fit in and enjoy my working life while reaching my full potential. Now in my second year, I couldn’t be more right.”