Pre-apprenticeship programmes

Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes

Our Work

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to be working in collaboration with J.P.Morgan to identify ways in which organisations can design and deliver pre-apprenticeship programmes, that provide a pathway to apprenticeships for young people, across Europe. The project started in November 2017 and will be complete in April 2019.

For the purposes of this project, pre-apprenticeship programmes are defined as programmes targeted at young people aged 16-24, where the aim is progression to an apprenticeship. Across Europe, some programmes are explicitly called ‘pre-apprenticeships’ whilst others have specific brand names. Such programmes typically prepare young people for apprenticeships by providing a combination of vocational training and hands-on experience, however, the components vary by individual programme.

Since April 2017 we have undertaken activities to examine and identify best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes that are inclusive and secure positive outcomes for young people. Our interim report presents the emerging findings from the research we’ve undertaken and explores key success factors. View the interim summary report here.

Following a call for evidence we identified a number of organisations across Europe that exemplify best practice in the design and delivery of pre-apprenticeship programmes. We undertook deep dive case study visits with each of these organisations to explore their pre-apprenticeship programmes in detail, including the local economic context, the sustainability of programmes and key success factors.

The next stages of the project include:

  • A webinar and knowledge exchange workshop for providers across Europe (October 2018).
  • The development of practical resources and tools that will support providers to design and deliver their own pre-apprenticeship programmes (early 2019).

Stay in Touch

To keep up to date with this project and how you can get involved, please contact Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People.