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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
Apprenticeships may well be the flavour of the moment, but they are not a new idea. In fact, apprenticeships hark back to Medieval Times. Craftsmen would take on young men (14 -21 years) offering them a free training in exchange for basic food and lodgings. An apprentice would be tied to their employer for several years during which they would learn as much as they were able to become a qualified craftsman themselves. During the Industrial Revolution, the concept was abolished, and it was not until the 1960s that it re-emerged in the UK.
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 Schools Guide: Careers (GSGC) is a natural development of that help, aimed at young people and their parents as they consider the future.
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.