The Apprentice Experience

Presented by Simon Thomas

The Apprentice Experience

An apprenticeship can offer a vital route into an industry and career but what is the experience actually like? In ‘The Apprentice Experience’, made in partnership with the Association of Apprentices (AoA), presenter Simon Thomas explores the full apprenticeship journey, investigates what role a community of peers plays in achieving an apprenticeship and how they can be of value to both the individual and an employer.
In this film we hear from the founder of the Association of Apprentices about why the apprentice experience is at the core of AoA’s mission, as well as some of their apprentice members who are benefiting from their support.

Approved by the Association of Apprentices

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The best of both worlds

Apprentices can enhance existing careers and build solid foundations for future careers, without the price tag of university with City, University of London who are combining full-time paid work and part-time university studies.

Skills and opportunities for life

Marks and Spencer are making it their mission to equip new and existing apprentices with the right tools to develop and grow, proving to be an effective way to drive growth for business and creating lifelong opportunities for individuals.

The spice of life

The sheer range of apprenticeships offered throughout the UK is typified by those provided by Network Rail, who offer more than the expected engineering course, including a variety of finance, business and IT roles.

Supported to make the right choice

With choosing the right study method often a dilemma, the NOCN Group are working to build awareness and promote the positive value of education, apprenticeships and skills training to employers, learners and parents.

Creating an inclusive workplace

Support Connect is working with training providers to put in place the methods and techniques needed to facilitate the best possible learning experience to help each apprentice succeed and thrive in life.

The Importance of Apprenticeships

Understand the importance of apprenticeships with Emily Austin and Sir Peter Estlin. They address how employers and government can give apprentices the best experience, how the AoA supports members, and why more investment is needed.

Approved by the Association of Apprentices

Presented by

Simon Thomas

Presenter Simon Thomas is a well-known and respected British television presenter who worked on Blue Peter for six years, presented live Premier League football on Sky Sports from 2016 to 2018 and who has recently made his debut as the new lead presenter of Soccer Saturday. Simon is also a podcaster, author and President of Blood Cancer UK.

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Each film included in this programme has been approved and complied by the organisation associated with that content as identified in the descriptions above.

Made in partnership with

Association of Apprentices

The Association of Apprentices (AoA) is a not-for-profit, membership organisation created to support the UK’s hugely talented community of almost one million apprentices be their best. AoA provides the social and broader elements often missing from apprenticeship programmes, with access to advice and guidance to support lifelong career development and professional networks. Working with employers, training providers, and end-point assessment organisations, we support all UK apprentices at every stage of their programme and beyond, to fulfil their potential. It's your Association.

Find out more on the AoA website

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