Pre-apprenticeship programmes

Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes

Our work

We are working in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation to identify ways in which organisations can design and deliver inclusive and high-quality 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 purpose of this project, pre-apprenticeships are defined as programmes targeted at young people aged 16-24, where one of the core aims is progression to an apprenticeship. Across the UK and 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 achieve positive outcomes for young people. Our interim best practice report presents the emerging findings from the research we’ve undertaken and explores key success factors. View the executive summary here.

Following a call for evidence we identified six 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 and explored their pre-apprenticeship programme in detail, including the local economic context, sustainability of programmes and their key success factors.

The next stages of the project include:

  • A knowledge exchange workshop (October 2018) for providers and other stakeholders from across Europe.
  • The development and publication of practical resources and tools for training providers to use in the design and delivery of pre-apprenticeship programmes (early 2019).

Stay in touch

If you would like us to keep you informed about the project and how you can get involved, email us with your contact details [add link to marketing mailbox and add a pre-defined subject line such as ‘Pre-apprenticeship best practice project – keep in touch’

Want to know more?

For further information about this project and our wider pre-apprenticeships work contact:

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People

Email:   [email protected]

Twitter:  @NicolaJAylward