19 February 2024

Our Post-16 team have been working with the Hertfordshire Careers Hub and are pleased to announce the launch of the Twin-Track Apprenticeship Toolkit. The Toolkit has been designed to help teachers and school leaders support post-16 students to apply simultaneously for both an apprenticeship and a degree. It provides the information schools and settings need to help students to research, apply for and secure apprenticeships.

Our team at HFL Education were commissioned by The Careers and Enterprise Company to create the toolkit to help promote the apprenticeship route as a viable career option for students. 15 secondary schools across Hertfordshire were involved in sharing best practice, and we also heard directly from young people about how they had been supported by their teachers and careers leads.

The Toolkit addresses the challenges raised by teachers in Hertfordshire Careers Hub’s 2023 apprenticeship survey, regarding their lack of confidence in giving advice on apprenticeships and other technical pathways compared to university.

Suki Gill, 16-19 Curriculum and Funding Adviser, HFL Education, who led the development of the toolkit, said: “This project has provided a fantastic opportunity to liaise directly with schools to assess their existing provision and work collectively to identify best practices. As we discovered from speaking to students who were applying for apprenticeships, there is no formulaic system as with UCAS, and by comparison the application process can be something of a minefield for young people, parents and teachers.

“We’re delighted to have been able to create this toolkit which we hope will be a real gamechanger in demystifying the apprenticeship pathway moving forward."

The toolkit is now available for all schools to download and offers a clear and simple route map for teachers to follow to support their sixth form students.


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