- Employability workshops
- Employer-delivered classroom learning
- Enterprise activities and competitions
- Careers websites
- Volunteering and citizenship
- Engaging with employers
Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub is a partnership of organisations working together to provide a coordinated approach to the development and delivery of Apprenticeships across Worcestershire and is here to support schools and their students with understanding Apprenticeships. For more information on the hub:
To book any of these opportunities please contact The Hub
Phone: 0333 666 3 666
Find an apprenticeship
You can use the Gov.uk service to search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.
Or you can search and apply for an apprenticeship in Worcestershire.
UCAS Apprenticeship Information
UCAS provides detailed information on apprenticeships. Including:
- Who are apprenticeships for
- What apprenticeships are available
- Entry Requirements
- How to find and apply
Barclays Life Skills
Helping young people get the life skills and training they need to enter the world of work. Barclays life skills offers free resources and curriculum-linked lesson plans that are available for teachers to use in the classroom.
Worcestershire Job centre plus can provide teachers and students with up to date information around the range of available traineeships and apprenticeships across Worcestershire. They can also support school source work experience placements and deliver employability skills. For a full outline of the service they offer please follow the link below
Skills Builder supports all types of schools to build the essential skills of every learner through the training of staff, a comprehensive curriculum, and links to employers. Enabling Enterprise is the lead organisation in the Skills Builder Partnership, a coalition of over 480 schools, 120 employers and other organisations all using the Skills Builder Framework to develop eight essential skills children and young people need to succeed. Schools are supported to build the essential skills of every learner through the training of staff and provision of a progressive range skill development activities and resources, drop down challenge days and employer trip opportunities. For more information follow the link below
Volunteer It Yourself: VIY
VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people to learn trade and building skills, on the job, by committing to fix local youth club and community centre buildings in need of essential repairs. VIY participants are mentored by professional tradespeople, who also volunteer their time. This programme is available for up to 60 students per school (year groups 8-10). Contact Dee Dee Whelan email@example.com or call 07380298248 for more information
STEM Ambassador Hub West Midlands
STEM Ambassadors inspire and enthuse young people about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects by bringing real-life examples to the classroom to enrich the curriculum.
Dendrite is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) social learning network. The platform enables schools to launch STEM Channels and bring inspiring global projects like Bloodhound SSC into the classroom. You are also able to create and join communities to enable global collaboration amongst students, teachers, parents end employers.
The Talent Factory
The talent Factory helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds discover what they are amazing at, develop valuable new employment skills and take that first step into the world of work.
CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.
Women into Construction
Women into construction provide bespoke support to women with an interest in working in the construction industry, and assist contractors to recruit highly motivated, trained women, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more genderk-force.
Women in Science and Engineering
WISE delivers projects in order to help women and girls enter and progress in STEM education and careers. Find out more about the projects they are involved in
Industrial Cadets connects schools and colleges with employers to run accredited experiences across the UK, enabling young people aged 9-21 to develop skills whilst gaining an insight into industry.
The STEMworks team have considerable experience working with both primary and secondary schools, providing engaging and hands on workshops that inspire and enthuse young people.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a social movement working to change the way everyone thinks and acts about mental health problems. Time to change support over 2,000 schools to deliver assemblies, lessons and other activities to students. To book a session or to view the free downloadable resources available, follow the link below.
Though the free UniTasterDays resources, schools can:
Search over 1,000 events offered by universities throughout the UK
Request an event from universities UK-wide by completing one simple form
Join a mailing list of weekly university events and receive a free Teachers’ Guide to University brochure
Book an independent and interactive university workshop for your students
For further support contact Jon Cheek: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK charity that helps young people to harness their personal and business skills in order to develop the knowledge and confidence to succeed in their future career. For more information visit the website
Tycoon in Schools
Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition, which aims to encourage the UK’s budding entrepreneurs to get involved in business.
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition
This competition aims to recognise and reward young peoples’ achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The TeenTech Awards
The TeenTech Awards were established in 2012/3 to help students see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems.
Tenner Challenge provides an interactive way for students to develop key skills including creativity, resilience and problem solving
The Step into the NHS schools’ competition
Aimed at years 8 and 9, this competition encourages young people to think about the breadth of opportunities open to them in the world of work, and more specifically the NHS.
Cyber Security Challenge:
Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of competitions designed to test your cyber security skills. They are created by our sponsor community; some of the largest security companies in the country, who are looking for the next generation of cyber defenders
Imagineering aims to introduce young people of 8-16 years old to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activities and personal involvement. It is designed to develop and hold young people's interest and influence them in a positive way to make informed choices about the subjects they study and the career path they ultimately choose. Imagineering offer a range of different activities and events for young people to get involved in, these include:
- Imagineering Challenges
- STEM Clubs
- STEM Fairs
For more information on how to get involved with this programme or to learn more about the range of activities on offer, visit their website
Micro-Tyco is a ‘Purpose Driven Entrepreneurship’ training programme. The programme helps schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities, but it also motivates, inspires and supports young people, preparing them for the world of work. Micro-Tyco is free for schools, universities and colleges. For more information follow the link below.
Mentor Link is dedicated to supporting vulnerable and distressed children and young people by providing them with a volunteer mentor. Using Safer Recruiting techniques, fully trained adults will offer listening support and guidance to these young people during difficulties in their lives.
Worcester Samaritans offer time and space, in complete confidence, for people to express their feelings, helping them to talk through their options and find a way to face the future.
Careers and skills events
For more information about careers and skills event please follow the link below
The National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work. The website includes job profiles, an assessment to help people find out what kind of jobs could suit them, a directory of courses and training providers, and advice on the different stages of a job hunt.
National Careers Week
National Careers Week is all about celebrating careers not only during National Careers Week but all year round. The website contains a comprehensive set of careers resources for use in schools.
Careerpilot includes information for young people, advisers and parents about choices at 14, 16 and 18, and routes to different qualifications and job sectors.
Bright Horizons is a collaboration between NHS Trusts and local authorities, within the Birmingham and Solihull localities. The aim of this is to increase the number of people in work, particularly improving young people employment rates, increasing the rates of those returning to work in the Health and Social Care sector, as well as retaining current workforces, therefore, reducing vacancy rates. Along with a wealth of Health and Social Care careers information, tips for employability, volunteering information and much more, this site will also carry direct links to current vacancies throughout the region.
icould provides career inspiration and information for young people. The website offers free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, practical tips, advice, and free teaching resources.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers programme provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering. Tomorrow’s Engineers is made up of different projects and programmes, including careers information and literature, Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest – in-school workshops, Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, and Big Bang Near Me events.
UniFrog provide a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. They also help schools to manage the progression process effectively.
Career Planning Toolkit
WorldSkills UK and The Careers & Enterprise Company have introduced a free toolkit to help you develop your students’ career planning and employability skills and prepare them for career success. The toolkit brings the WorldSkills UK Competition buzz to career exploration and draws especially from the inspirational messages from the growing network of Skills Champions. The toolkit includes the full range of technical and professional opportunities.
Careers Coach is an online platform delivered by Heart of Worcestershire College. The tool enables students to discover courses and in demand careers based on their individual interests.
The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. The site helps to meet the future skills needs of the industry and to recruit a workforce that is diverse and ready for the challenge of the future
CEIAG Resource has resources to support the provision of effective career education, information, advice and guidance and to provide access to a wide range of sources and providers to develop your knowledge and support delivery
HE Unboxed is a resource built around a simple concept – develop sessions that showcase how subject knowledge and key transferable skills are both key to future success. By working in collaboration with their academic colleagues, careers department and employers, they have created a suite of free resources to support teachers to deliver an aspiration raising programme of activity.
Workpays offer a range of resources and training opportunities for teachers and students in order to support them with Apprenticeship Advice and Guidance, support for RONI students and support with running careers events
An interactive learning platform designed to offer teaching staff continuous professional development available from Workpays. The presentation is designed to help you to understand exactly what Apprenticeships are, positioning you perfectly to support students at your school.
Free courses for the unemployed from safe & clean classrooms or via the online learning platform.
The Big Assembly is a unique live digital broadcast that allows students the opportunity to discuss their career aspirations with a select panel of industry experts. Being totally interactive, teachers, tutors and students can ask questions and get first hand answers specific to the event topic.
The 4 Steps to Progress RONI programme is designed to help support a student that has been identified as being at risk of becoming NEET. It is a motivational and positive programme designed to assist a young person to progress into further education or work without ever becoming NEET.
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards
DofE provides young people the opportunity to make a difference by helping people, their community, the environment or an organisation.
Do-it provides young people with the opportunity to search for volunteering placements and opportunities
Worcestershire Enterprise Adviser Network
Worcestershire Enterprise Adviser Network is part of a national network that connects educational establishments with employers to create meaningful careers opportunities and employer experiences for young people. Your Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser can help you connect with local and national employers for careers activities, such as careers fairs, careers talks, mock interviews and work experience.
For more information contact CEC@worcestershire.gov.uk
Inspiring the Future
Inspiring the Future is a free service for state schools and colleges to recruit volunteers doing a range of jobs to share their knowledge and experience with your students face-to-face
Speakers for Schools
Speakers for Schools help state schools inspire their students and broaden horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading figures through free talks and more.
T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course.
A helpful T Level Guide for Teachers and Careers Advisers, giving a comprehensive oversight of this exciting qualification.