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We have begun to create independent reviews of apprenticeship programmes (really getting under the skin of organisations to see how they tick in terms of their current and future apprenticeships offers), to give teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils a reliable and insightful view of what each apprenticeship offers, in the short and in the long term, and of who it suits.
Please take a look at them, and let us know what you think.
Read, too, Apprenticeship Q & As
For nearly 30 years the Good Schools Guide has provided trusted help and advice to parents, helping them with one of the most important questions they face - choosing the right school for their child. The Good Careers Guide (GCG) is a natural development of that help, aimed particularly at young people making decisions about their futures.
Welcome to this trial campaign which is run by the Good Careers Guide and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. We think that by saying thank you to schools, teachers or advisers who have helped you into an apprenticeship and an interesting career we will encourage them to put more students forward.
GCG Aviator is an experimental platform that we are using to explore how careers information may be viewed as a network rather than a set of hierarchies.
What can a school, college or university do to help you on your way to a great career? Apart from having excellent career staff - essential guides to an unknown land - they should offer lots of Careers Interventions: opportunities for you to learn about careers, or experience something of them, involving real employers or other outside experts.
Apprenticeships are not all alike. Top of the range Degree Apprenticeships are as good as a university degree. Below that are Apprenticeships that offer a wide range of practical and theoretical training, which are well respected in the industries they serve. And then there are others that do not amount to much at all. All the employers in our Apprenticeship Reviews offer high-class Apprenticeships – ones that can form the foundation of a fine career.