Hertfordshire teachers and careers leaders attended an apprenticeship workshop at the BBC in London on 15 July. The workshop was organised by Amazing Apprenticeships and Hertfordshire LEP, as part the LEP’s Careers & Enterprise Company programme, and was the latest in a suite of events to help raise awareness of apprenticeships amongst Hertfordshire schools.

Attendees were greeted by Naomi Blackbourn, Recruitment Manager for Apprenticeships at the BBC, who gave an overview of the broadcaster’s diverse range of apprenticeship programmes. They also heard from five BBC apprentices as part of a panel session; one of whom had filmed Theresa May’s final interview in her private apartment of 10 Downing Street the previous week.

Teachers then had the chance to interact with around 20 other apprentices from a huge variety of backgrounds, now undertaking pivotal roles across production, technology, journalism and business within the BBC.

Anna Morrison CBE, Director of Amazing Apprenticeships, said: “Events like this are crucial in helping to demonstrate to teachers the huge benefits that apprenticeships offer. They no longer need to take my word for it – they have now seen and heard it for themselves from the BBC and many of their brilliant apprentices.

“Next time you are watching Strictly Come Dancing or an interview with the Prime Minister on BBC – remember that it is highly likely that an apprentice has been involved in the production of that broadcast. What a huge reality check that is for us all!”

Gareth Dace, Senior Enterprise Co-ordinator at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “As part of our Careers & Enterprise Company programme, we work closely with schools to improve careers provision and give our young people the best possible start to their working lives.

“Events like this help schools see first-hand how apprenticeships can open doors to fantastic and fulfilling careers, and realise their value as a route to employment. We are grateful to the BBC and their inspiring young apprentices for providing such a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of their apprenticeship programme.”

Julie Honour Jones, 6th Form Manager at Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, said: “The BBC session was invaluable. When you meet and hear from the inspirational young people benefiting from the apprenticeship route, it helps us to remember that as teachers, it is so important that we offer a balanced view of progression options after school, including apprenticeships.”

Learn more about our Careers & Enterprise Company programme in Hertfordshire. 

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