Apprenticeship Awareness Event at Tong High School

On Thursday 15th June, Dean Coleman-Walker (Appris Business Development), Tyra Jones (Sulzer UK Ltd Engineering Apprentice) and Thomas Crossland (Logoplaste Engineering Apprentice) attended an apprenticeship awareness event at Tong High School, Bradford.

The event, hosted by Ahead Partnership, was for the whole of the school’s year 9 student body and involved Q&A in a ‘press conference’ style setting. After an ice-breaker and survey, the event got down to the nitty-gritty of apprenticeships, and the panel helped promote apprenticeships and dispel the myths that surrounds them.

As a local provider to the school and area, we took along two rising stars from the 1st year full-time engineering cohort. We were also joined by a representative from Babbington Business School and two apprentices from the First Trans Pennine Express team. The session was extremely beneficial for the school students and their teaching staff, who asked questions about types of apprenticeship, how to apply, career prospects, why consider an apprenticeship rather than university, and much more. After speaking with students and staff afterwards, it was clear that much had been learned on the day and the significance of apprenticeships had hit home.

These events are really important to get the message out to the next generation of apprentices and sessions like these are always well received. Dean Coleman-Walker commented:

Tyra (Sulzer) and Thomas (Logoplaste) were fantastic on the panel and really explained what apprenticeships are all about. They held the audience amazingly well and were the true advocates on the day. They represented their respective companies with true professionalism and we really appreciate their support.”

So, the crusade continues in the world of apprenticeships, with year on year increases of young people selecting an apprenticeship over purely academic study.

To find our more, or arrange a visit to your school or our Engineering Training Centre, contact Appris on 01274668149 or