Apprenticeship Bus

Led By: Lee Butler

Vision & Mission

As part of Shaping’s Roadmap to a Career programme the annual Bus tour of the senior schools in our City promotes the value of an Apprenticeship. By introducing Year 9-11 students to current Apprentices, we can give those attending a real insight into what life is like as a Portsmouth Business Apprentice. Each school visit lasts around one hour, and the students get the chance to hear what the overall Apprenticeship programme can offer. The real value is when the students are in groups of 3-5 and speak with the Apprentices and discover what life is really like for them.

This initiative was started in 2018, when we visited three schools and met with 84 students. In the years since we have seen the number of Portsmouth schools involved grow to six in 2019, and then to twelve senior schools, meeting 444 students, in 2020 – all wanting more from the programme in 2021.

There is more interaction and tailored offerings which gives the students the maximum information and advice about the City’s current Apprenticeship vacancies and opportunities.

The number of participating City organisations has also grown, from five in 2018 to 29 in 2020. The number of Apprentices they have provided to the programme has also risen from 6 to 59 this current year.

In February 2021 from the 8th – 12th we will be running a virtual Bus tour using video technology with each school. We are also expanding the value delivered and plan to run breakout sessions with a current Apprentice running specific sessions about a particular subject.

This incredibly positive part of the Shaping Portsmouth Roadmap to a Career strategy enables the building of a bond between Business and Schools for the benefit of both.

The local Portsmouth businesses get to link up with talented Year 9s, 10s, and 11s, and the students get the chance to find out exactly what opportunities lie ahead of them as they choose their further educational route.

The Apprenticeship Bus Programme is delivered in partnership with:



Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to maintain the brilliant progress we are making with our Apprenticeship Bus programme. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

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