Sixth Form students at West Lakes Academy have taken part in this year’s Apprenticeship Day organised by head of sixth form Rachel Denwood, to further their knowledge of alternative options to high education and how to be successful within an apprenticeship.

We had talks from Sellafield, Gen2, RWP Training and Atkins to inform the students about the programmes available to them, with previous students of the academy sharing their experiences.

Barry Simpson, head of sixth form, said, “This event gives students opportunities to meet with local and national providers of advanced level and degree level apprenticeships, so that students can develop an awareness of their potential future careers.”

Mr Simpson also expressed that, “It’s very rare we get this opportunity” at the start of the talk from Sellafield.

Mrs Denwood said, “I arrange the Apprenticeship Day every year to give the students the education and understanding they need to choose the future pathway which is best for them. We invite local businesses and apprenticeship providers in to present and meet with a number of our post 16 students to inspire and motivate them into applying for apprenticeships. It is fantastic when these companies bring in ex West Lakes Academy students  who are current apprentices to share their stories with our sixth formers.”

Year 12 student, Kate Farrer, attended this event and said, “Today was very helpful in informing us about opportunities available after sixth form, and broadening our awareness of companies in the area.”

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