CSW Group will from this month be delivering the Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) Programme in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay. CSW Group have been employed to support the delivery network of charity CXK, who in August were awarded the contract to deliver the ASK programme across the South region.
The 3 year contract with the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department for Education will focus on assisting schools with their statutory duty to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to young people by providing them with a bespoke package of comprehensive support and information about apprenticeships.
The ASK programme supports the government objective to improve awareness of apprenticeships, driving growth in applications, supporting progression, and increasing the engagement of young people, parents and teachers.
The ASK programme has historically been targeted at Years 10, 11, 12 and 13, and provides a variety of support including access to digital broadcasts, workshops and application support. From August 2019 the offer has expanded to include a specially tailored digital programme for younger people in Years 7, 8 and 9.
Fiona Reed, Operations Manager, CSW Group said: “The ASK programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free access to high quality support to develop and transform how students think about apprenticeships. We’re excited to be able to support young people in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay with comprehensive sessions that really explore and open their eyes to the multitude of possibilities that apprenticeships can bring.”
The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how students think about apprenticeships.
Support could include an inspiring apprenticeship awareness assembly, apprenticeship application workshop, careers fair attendance, free resources, a teacher CPD session or a whole range of other options.
Amazing Apprenticeships helps to coordinate and facilitate that support – last year alone we helped over 208,000 students across 2000+ establishments get the support they needed.
Schools and colleges interested in applying for free apprenticeship support for students can visit: amazingapprenticeships.com.
CXK Ltd is a charitable organisation delivering a range of services across the south-east to support young people and adults to build the skills and confidence they need to progress into education, employment or training. Services include:
- Information, Advice and Guidance services, including:
- Careers advice for young adults and adults
- Careers support in schools and the community
- Training referrals & job applications
- Redundancy support
- Telephone and online support services
- Targeted support
- Emotional wellbeing counselling and support
- Early intervention and support in schools and the community
- Family support and engagement
- Engagement and mentoring support for the unemployed or disengaged
- Training and development
- Development of skills, confidence and motivation
- Parenting programmes
- Social action
- Functional Skills qualifications
- Apprenticeships and pre-Apprenticeship programmes and support