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National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Date Posted: 11/02/2021 | Posted In: Student News

This week we are all celebrating the fantastic events that our careers team have organised to support our students, and the degree apprenticeships that our Alumni have secured through hard work, determination, and resilience.

Here are some of the events that has been organised for our students:

Monday 8th February – UCAS Discover Apprenticeships 

Tuesday 9th February – The Big Assembly

Apprenticeships in the Spotlight

UCAS – Live Employer Exhibition:

Our careers team has created an ‘Explore and Meet’ exhibition hall giving our students the opportunity to meet and speak to employers about apprenticeship programmes.

Manchester Metropolitan University: 

Our students were able to gain an overview of Degree Apprenticeships, via a virtual open evening hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wednesday 10th February – National Apprenticeship Show 

On Wednesday, there was a series of workshops that supplied Live Q&A sessions, with the opportunity to chat to employers, and see a wide range of companies exhibiting.

UCAS – Apprenticeship Application Workshop:

During our Apprenticeship Application Workshop – we hosted:

  1. Live CV Workshops
  2. Live Interview Workshops
  3. On-demand ‘The application clinic’ and ‘Ten easy tips to ace your interview.’




The World of Apprenticeships: 

This workshop benefited our students that weren’t aware of what an apprenticeship means.

Salford City College Live Q&A: 

Salford City College provided our students with the opportunity to ask them any questions about apprenticeships.



HSBC – Do I need a degree to enhance my career?

There was an emphasis on what was needed to consider when choosing the correct degree, with the opportunity to ask more from the panellists and hear their professional journeys.


Thursday 11th February – Exclusive talk for Year 12 B6 Students 

Our students were exclusively invited to take part in these online sessions:

UCAS – Which option is right for me? 

Alliance Learning Open Evening: 

A local training provider that offers apprenticeships in various sectors including; Business Admin, Engineering, Management, and Early Years.




Fujitsu: Are Apprenticeships a viable alternative to University?: 

Our students were joined by apprentices from Fujitsu and Google, who explained their decision to take up an apprenticeship rather than going to university.


We hope that all of our students have enjoyed these sessions and opportunities, and now have an in-depth knowledge of Degree Apprenticeships.

Hear from our successful Alumni about their Degree Apprenticeships 

Tamanna Abdullah 

Previously attended: Bolton UTC 

First Year Software Development Degree Apprenticeship at Fujitsu:

Tamanna Abdullah Degree Apprenticeship at Fujitsu

“I studied a Vocational A Level in Information Technology at The Sixth Form Bolton, and I took advantage of the industry placement from Think EQ that The Sixth Form offered me in Year 13. During this placement I learned a lot about programming and how a business works. I am now a Degree Apprentice Software Developer working at Fujitsu. I also study at Manchester Metropolitan University towards a Digital and Technological Solutions Degree. 

Applying for a degree apprenticeship was one of the best things I have done, I am learning so much, and not only do I get the advantage of gaining experience and studying, but my university degree is also getting paid for by Fujitsu.”

Hamzah Kazee 

Previously attended: Essa Academy 

First Year Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions at Cisco Manchester: 


“During my time at The Sixth Form Bolton, I was unsure on which career path I was going to embark on. I chose three very different A Levels: Geography, Biology, and English Language & Literature in the hope of keeping my options open for various careers. It was during my two years working in Apple’s retail store, I discovered a passion for technology and decided that I wanted a career in this industry.

I naturally began looking for apprenticeships in technology, ones that would allow me to continue with Higher Education as well as gaining work experience. I had come across Cisco apprenticeships online, I was already aware of how big Cisco is in the technology industry.

The Apprenticeship has allowed me to study for a degree in Digital and Technological Solutions, as well as undertake training and courses for project management qualifications, which were all paid by Cisco.

In terms of the recruitment procedure, it was pretty tough. One of the things that will help you to stand out during this process and when you apply for any job in the future is your enthusiasm for joining the company.”

Brian Keen 

Previously attended: Ladybridge High School

Fourth Year in his Solicitor Degree Apprenticeship at Eversheds Sutherland:


“I studied A Level Maths, Law and History at The Sixth Form Bolton. Law was always my passion and instead of going down the traditional university route, I pursued a Solicitor Apprenticeship. I now work for Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm, as an Apprentice Solicitor. This course lasts six years and by the end, I will be a fully qualified solicitor with a law degree and work in the Employment Law team in Manchester. 

I have gained an incredible amount of experience over the past three to four years such as; working on high-value Employment Tribunal claims, co-ordinating multi-million-pound international projects, as well as looking after my own pro bono client. After learning the ropes, I essentially do the same types of jobs as a trainee solicitor, and I will embark on my two-year training contract element of the apprenticeship in September.”

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