As part of National Apprenticeship Week, on Thursday 7th March a group of year 11 students from Strood Academy visited IPS International based on Medway City Estate.
All students are looking to leave our academy this summer and are exploring future pathways.
Students were honored guests as this is the first such trip that training provider, IPS International have offered to young people of this age with staff putting a lot of effort into welcoming them.
The extensive premises tour
Current apprentices explaining their pathways
The visit began with students being welcomed into the boardroom followed by an extensive tour of the premises where they saw current engineering apprentices at their hands on studies. Each area was carefully explained by tutors.
Moving back to the boardroom, students took part in an interactive mini workshop on the benefits of taking an apprenticeship as opposed to the benefits of going to University. The key point was that if desired, students can earn and learn at the same time.This is also true of taking an apprenticeship as opposed to going onto a higher education college.
Current apprentices, Megan, Simrat and Christopher of South Eastern Trains explained their pathways and how they had come to be training at IPS International.
Alix Taylor, previous apprentice and IPS International member of staff then went on to show students where they can search for suitable vacancies via the National Apprenticeship website. Although the apprentices that students met were all studying engineering, it was pointed out that there is a huge variety of apprenticeships available and that in most areas, training takes place on an employers site rather than in a training facility. All students took away a useful information pack with them.
Sincere thanks to IPS International for an enlightening visit for our students.