Inspiring the Future has over 30,000 volunteers from a range of professions and sectors, with over 5,000 who are well placed to speak about Apprenticeships to young people in schools and colleges. Schools and colleges are able to access these volunteers for free and invite them to speak to their students about their job, career and the education route that they took, and their own personal experience of undertaking an apprenticeship, and/or how to access their profession through the Apprenticeship entry route. Education and Employers charity, through its Inspiring the Future programme, has worked with the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service over the past few years to help schools and colleges raise awareness of apprenticeships. For 2016-17, the charity has been funded as the delivery partner for Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project for the Southern and London regions.

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 – (6th- 10th March)

Inspiring the Future is a keen supporter of National Apprenticeship Week and every year we support schools and colleges around the country to run events in this week. Ahead of ‘National Apprenticeship Week 2014’, Inspiring the Future ran an Apprenticeships Careers Fair at City Hall with London Mayor Boris Johnson, which 170 school pupils and 30 employers attended.

Hear what Apprentices and Boris Johnson have to say

Feedback from an Inspiring the Future Apprentice Schools Event

Jane Bunyan from Baverstock Academy in Birmingham ran a Careers Fair with ITF Apprentices. She gave us the following feedback:

“The Inspiring the Future volunteers that we used were extremely helpful and engaging with the students.  They were enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge and tips about their employment industry.  This was first hand labour market information that the students were able to obtain which was invaluable in helping them make their career decisions”.

Becoming an Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England. They are responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship.

Your Guide to Apprenticeships

The Association of School and Colleges Leaders (ASCL), National Apprenticeship Service and Inspiring the Future have teamed up to create ‘Your Guide to Apprenticeships’ for teachers. Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain qualifications and workplace experience whilst at the same time earning a wage. An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ and most follow a standard format that comprises of:

  • A National Vocational Qualification
  • Key Transferable Skills
  • A Technical Certificate

Apprentices are usually employed by a business which will pay them at least the minimum wage and provide them with practical experience. Apprentices will also receive training that will provide them with the knowledge and skills required for the job. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and occupation.

Apprenticeship Levels

There are various levels of apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – (level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship – (level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship – (level 4,5,6,and 7)
  • Degree Apprenticeship – (level 6,and 7)

Types of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries throughout England. There are more than 250 different types of Apprenticeships available offering 1,500 job roles in a wide range of sectors.

Higher and Degree level Apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can be an excellent alternative for A-Level school leavers, who might want to choose a different route to traditional university study. There are currently 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available (with more in development) including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering, giving young people the chance to continue their professional development and realise their full potential.

If you’re interested in using Inspiring the Future to run an Apprenticeship event or you’re an employer that wants to sign-up, either go to or contact us at: