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Yorkshire MP/School pilot apprenticeship project to be rolled out nationally

pilot apprenticeship largeA pilot scheme designed in North Yorkshire to lift the esteem of apprenticeships to the level of degrees could now be rolled out nationally.

The Government is taking a close look at the programme which is being developed by

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak with schools, including Richmond School & Sixth Form College.

Under the initiative, students who wish to pursue a career pathway involving an

apprenticeship will be able to apply through UCAS, the normal route for securing university

places.

Mr Sunak told Richmond Business Network meeting at Richmond School & Sixth Form

College: “We need an easier way for businesses to find apprentices, we need an easier way

for apprentices to be able to apply. Extending the UCAS application portal seems the easiest

solution.

“There should be no barriers to aspiration or success and if everyone could use the same

system then automatically there is parity of esteem. The pilot has been very well received and

the Government is now exploring the idea of rolling out the initiative nationally.”

Richmond School ; Sixth Form College’s manager of careers and employability Liz

Mannion said 375 students were due to go into work placements this year and the school

relied heavily on local employers.

“Applying for university places is relatively straight forward because of the UCAS system,”

she added.

“But applying for apprenticeships can be a minefield. The pilot will make it easier and also

mean that everyone feels equal. We are committed to make sure our students achieve their

aspirations, whether they are within higher education or apprenticeships.”

Sophie Hutchinson told the meeting how she had secured an admin and finance

apprenticeship at Richmond School &  Sixth Form College, during which time she had been

able to study accountancy exams.

“I always loved business but didn’t want to go to university,” she said. “This way I have been

able to work in a job and still study university level courses, which has been brilliant.”

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