West Bridgford School’s first High Level / Degree Level Apprenticeship Fair a great success
C Bowie – Director of Post-16
There is a paradigm shift happening in Higher Education that could potentially affect how 16-18 year old students access university – the arrival of the High Level and Degree Level Apprenticeships. Students pursuing a Degree Level Apprenticeship would need excellent A Level grades (up to 3 B grades) and would apply for this through their chosen company rather than through the UCAS, University Applications System. In return, companies offer students employment, relevant work experience and a guaranteed job after they complete their degree. Oh, and the small matter of paying a student’s tuition fees for them (typically £27,750 over a 3 year university course)!
Recognising that this represents an unparalleled opportunity for students, West Bridgford School were delighted to organise its first High Level & Degree Level Apprenticeship Fair which took place in the Main School Hall from 6-8pm on Wednesday 14th March. The event offered 24 High Level and Degree Level Apprenticeship providers (including Lloyds’ Bank, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Aldi, Rolls Royce and Boots) who were available to speak with students and their parents about these apprenticeships as well as the application process itself. The evening was a huge success – as well as West Bridgford School students, many others attended from other Sixth Form Centres in The East Midlands Educational Trust (EMET) and local schools, including both Rushcliffe and Becket. All felt that the evening was enormously beneficial, and many students left considering a new route that they had not previously thought would be relevant for them which they could apply to alongside their other university applications. The school was delighted by the enormous turnout and feel confident that all students and parents gained a tremendous amount from the expertise and advice given.
A very big thank you to Mrs Nolan and Mrs Butcher for organising and running such a professional event, to the outstanding student helpers who did a marvellous job welcoming the delegates as well as the parents, to the providers and, of course, to all those that were able to attend. The school looks forward to organising an even bigger and better event next year!