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A Day in the Life

From the desk of the Head Master 28 February 2020

How much do you know about apprenticeships in the 2020s? As I conclude my discussions with the Year 11s and speak to some Upper Sixth about their plans after the summer, I have been struck by how prominent these are becoming in their thinking.

The courses on offer these days are very different from what may have been available in my time at school – when they were very much seen as a (declining) way to get into a trade without many or any formal school qualifications. These days they are very much on the up, and a completely different beast from the schemes offered all those years ago. There are highly-prized degree apprenticeships now available from a number of well known, blue-chip companies working in collaboration with some top universities. Boys across the whole span of academic ability are interested in the possibilities they offer, particularly when a straight degree these days comes with a significant financial liability at the end of it. Why not work while you study and set yourself up to start your career with relevant skills, and in credit rather than debt? While I still anticipate we will see the majority of boys heading to more conventional university places, it is important that we show them what else is on offer.

On Monday 9th March we are hosting our first full Apprenticeship evening, including such employers as Aston Martin, Barclays Bank, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, PWC, Rolls Royce, Shell UK and representatives from each of the Armed Forces. Degree apprenticeships are offered across a range of disciplines you might expect such as accountancy and engineering, but also including things we had never conceived of a decade ago, such as Cybersecurity. The evening takes place in Warwick Hall from 6.30 - 8.30pm with an introductory talk on apprenticeships in our Science Lecture Theatre from 6.00 - 6.30pm. Boys and parents from all year groups are very welcome to attend, although it will probably be most relevant to those in Year 10 and above.

I am delighted that once again we are able to invite our neighbours from local schools to this event as well as, of course, the girls from King’s High School. I hope you will be able to join us at what promises to be a very interesting evening and, for many of these young people, an opportunity to take the first steps in a range of rewarding careers.