Employers & Apprenticeships

Paragon Skills is a national apprenticeship training provider with a Grade 2 Good Ofsted rating. They offer a wide selection of programmes across many sectors and  help thousands of people to successfully start or further their career every year, with many well-known employers across the UK. DfE Update of Apprenticeships during COVID-19


Summer Internships for 15-18-Year-olds 2020

Summer Internships Meet the Professionals

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

We work with various large companies including L'Oreal, BBC, IBM and Transport for London. Working as a Degree Apprentice will give you the benefit of:

  • Earning while you learn, you will receive a competitive annual salary of £18k+
  • Gain a degree in Business Management
  • Have your tuition fees paid by your employer which means zero student debt

Graduating with invaluable industry experience

Degree Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly competitive and this is your chance to prepare and make your application stand out!

Success at Schools will be launching their new Degree Apprenticeship webinars very soon! These webinars will give you an overview of how Degree Apprenticeships work and a chance to ask any questions you may have!


STEM Online Summer Internships

We are delighted to offer STEM-related Summer Internships in 7 different industries 'Live & Online' throughout August, which students aged 15-18 can register for now.

On these Internships, your students can gain invaluable summer work experience from the comfort of their own homes; with successful Doctors, Engineers, Computer Scientists, Investment Bankers, Psychologists, Architects and Entrepreneurs.

Our STEM-related Internships are listed below, with highlights and available dates. You can simply click on any of the icons to read full details and register now.

Places are limited. We kindly ask you to forward this email to relevant students and parents so that they can register.

You may also download a PDF of this email by clicking here (https://investineducation.us6.list-manage.com).

All our 'Live & Online' Summer Internships last 4 days and take place in July and August.

The first 3 days are dedicated to immersive experiences of that career alongside top professionals and Q&A/virtual networking time with them.

Day 4 is dedicated to personalised career coaching - a sector recruitment expert will look at your credentials and create a bespoke development plan so you can maximise your chances of success.

You can choose to attend either all 4 days or just the first 3

1st - 4th August OR 29th August - 1st September

  • Take part in a patient consultation with a GP
  • Shadow doctors on a simulated ward round
  • Personalised medical school application coaching including mock interviews
  • Design an Artificial Intelligence solution to an environmental crisis
  • Experience a live engine teardown and explore automotive design
  • Design a space expedition into the unknown

8th - 11th August

  • Work with top Software Engineers to programme the ultimate app
  • Carry out a data forensics investigation to uncover cybercriminal activity
  • Carry out penetration testing on a ‘secure’ website
  • Discover AI and the evolution of machine learning
  • Design two unique buildings in accordance with client briefs, following RIBA processes#
  • Create flash sequences and fly-through videos of your designs
  • Present your designs to a group of senior architects and get feedback
  • Use the latest cutting-edge software, including 3-D designs and Virtual Reality
  • Design a business strategy to create a multi-million dollar company, with coaching and feedback from top Entrepreneurs
  • Pitch the idea to real-life Venture Capital investors and get live feedback
  • Coaching on key entrepreneurial skills: Leadership, Negotiation, Networking, Public Speaking and more

15th - 18th August

  • Diagnose and develop treatment plans for patients
  • Act as a psychological expert witness in a simulated criminal trial
  • Experience sports psychology by consulting with real players

ASK Apprenticeships

Under the current circumstances with COVID-19. ASK Apprenticeships have been working hard to ensure that the ASK Programme is best placed to carry on helping and supporting students during this challenging time.

They've adapted the programme to provide high-quality apprenticeship information in a safe, engaging way that's appropriate to the times we're all living through.

Please read through the attached brochure and if you have any questions at all please email and ask for further information or clarification.


M&S Apprenticeship

M&S Apprenticeship

Big Assembly

We're celebrating our biggest National Apprenticeship Week Big Assembly!

The Big Assembly will give you and your students the opportunity to receive advice about apprenticeships from a variety of companies including the BBC, Bakkavor, Morrisons, Virgin Media and Workpays. You will also have the opportunity to ask our panellists questions using our chat facility and get involved with interactive polls throughout the broadcast.

We've created lesson plans that you can view and download by clicking here (https://content.thetalentportal.co.uk) to help you integrate the broadcast into the school day.

You can now watch the Big Assembly on demand (https://content.thetalentportal.co.uk)

WATCH ON DEMAND (https://content.thetalentportal.co.uk


Springpod Broadcast  - https://www.springpod.co.uk/

Activities During National Apprenticeship Week:

There will be a range of activities going on throughout the week that introduce and raise awareness of apprenticeships to our young people.

Monday 3rd February - 10.30am OCA will be taking part in the BIG ASSEMBLY (UK wide assembly on Apprenticeships).

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th February - Assembly will be held for Year 9 (wed) and Year 10 (thur) introducing apprenticeships.

Friday 7th February - Assembly for Year 11s on how to register and apply for Apprenticeships.

All week - Access the link from the website to watch a range of 20 live broadcasts throughout the week hosted by some incredible companies covering a range of sectors. These will bring learning to life and show the links from the curriculum into many future careers.

Please use some of the activities in this pack to improve your knowledge and understanding of apprenticeships.

NAW 2020 Activity Guide


As an employer you may be interested in the information, advice and guidance we provide to our students within your field of work. We will be looking to host an Employers Event from 2019/20 every year in which we invite employers to come in, host a stall and chat to our students and their parents/carers in Years 8, 9 and 10. There will also be opportunities throughout our ECM days, ECM time and Assemblies in which we would welcome employers to come in and either talk or present to our students or work with them in smaller groups.

Our Heads of Department are familiar with the importance of CEIAG and ensuring it is embedded within their subject area, therefore if you wish to work with any particular subject area, they would most certainly welcome employer involvement to enhance the provision from an expert in that field. Our Heads of Department may also be able to inform you of students who express an interest in going down your career path.

The website should provide you with an insight into the events and opportunities planned throughout the year for various year groups, however, if you wish to find out anything more or you would like to work in an identified subject area, please contact the designated CEIAG lead.


Parent and Carer Pack Apprenticeship Information:


An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study. Apprenticeship also enables practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, sign up to the National Apprenticeship Service which is a government agency.

The following guide to apprenticeships will help inform you on the facts and structure of apprenticeships:

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/top-employers/?utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=int-30102019-schools-t100launch&dm_i=30Z2,YHUP,6P6MD6,3MA8B,1 (https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/top-employers/?utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=int-30102019-schools-t100launch&dm_i=30Z2,YHUP,6P6MD6,3MA8B,1)

We are delighted to reveal that the new Top Apprenticeship Employer Table 2019 - 2020 is now live on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk (https://ratemyplacement-email.co.uk/30Z2-YHUP-6P6MD6-L186L-1/c.aspx) !

Based on thousands of student-written reviews from RateMyApprenticeship, the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers highlight those companies that offer your students the most valuable, effective and beneficial apprenticeship opportunities. We’ll be promoting the Top Employers all year round and they will be featured in our ‘Guide to Career Options 2020’.

To find out who made the table, click the link above

The following websites will also allow you to look for apprenticeships:






Links to:

Waterside Training Apprenticeships

Active Apprenticeships

The following are link to live apprenticeship vacancy reports. Please email the National Helpdesk if you would like any help in relation to these vacancy reports.

For more information about local Work Based Learning provision and Apprenticeship providers in Halton you will find a copy of the directory at www.halton.gov.uk/yourfuture (https://outlook.office365.com/mail/inbox/id/www.halton.gov.uk/yourfuture) . You can view local apprenticeship adverts on the @HPSYourFuture Facebook page.

Vacancies can be searched for at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and at the Liverpool City Region apprenticeship website – https://be-more.info/

You can access resources to help teachers and careers advisers offer information, advice and guidance, about apprenticeships on the GOV.UK website (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeships-resources-for-teachers-and-advisers#resources-for-learners.html)

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please check the following apprenticeship vacancies:


Applications are due to open on November 25th. In the meantime, potential applicants can register their interest.

Applications are now open for business/technology apprenticeships at various levels, including higher and degree apprenticeship at Unilever. Some are available at Port Sunlight (Wirral).

You can register your interest for Research and Development (Chemistry) and Supply Chain and Engineering.

https://careers.unilever.com/uk/en/apprenticeships (https://careers.unilever.com/uk/en/apprenticeships)

Waterside Apprenticeships and Open Event

Waterside Training Limited, successful recruited 24 apprentices last year and we are shortly due to release our next Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship vacancies for our 2020 Apprenticeship Intake to commence 2/3 September 2020.

Currently, we already have 15 vacancies available with companies such as;

AB World Foods at Leigh offering Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Diageo at Runcorn offering Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Essity at Skelmersdale offering Engineering Apprenticeships

NSG (Pilkington) at St Helens offering Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Stateside Foods at West Houghton offering Engineering Apprenticeships

Tremco Illbruck at Wigan offering Engineering Apprenticeships

with many more yet to be confirmed, we are hoping for a bumper intake of 45 apprentices which means some fantastic opportunities available for apprentices to join some fabulous companies.

Our vacancies are due to be released week commencing 24 February 2020 and will be released on our Twitter accounts along with our website apprenticeship page.


Students can apply for either a generic apprenticeship or for a company specific one once they appear upon the above link next week.

We also have our open evening next Wednesday 26 February 2020 running from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. of which students and their parents can attend to find out more about our opportunities.

Keep a check and link to our Twitter page @WatersideT for further details of our Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Should you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn Kirby on 01744694661.

Apptentice Opportunities at Airbus

Want to be part of a global leader in Aerospace? It’s not as difficult as you may think! Joining the Airbus Craft Apprenticeship Programme could be the ideal start to your career!

This is not just an Apprenticeship, it is also your opportunity to become one of the skilled crafts people working hands on with our exciting and innovative products whilst receiving a competitive salary!

There are a number of options for our craft Apprenticeship including:
• Craft Manufacturing
• Engineering Technician
• Plant Mechanical & Electrical
• Customer Services Engineering.

We also have two Higher Apprenticeships on offer. The Plant Engineering & Manufacturing Aerospace Apprenticeships will help you work toward a Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.

New this year is the Quality Engineering Apprenticeship where you can work toward a Higher National Certificate in Engineering & Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering.

Whichever route you choose you will be given full training and opportunities for personal development in an excellent team environment.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1st March 2020.

For more information, and to apply, visit:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Airbus Recruitment Team

Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening Airbus 30th January



Degree Apprenticeship Evening: 30th January, from 17:00 – 19:00
Deeside Sixth Form Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connah's Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR


Airbus invites students currently studying A-Levels to find out more about our Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering, Business and IT. Representatives from Airbus will be available to speak to you about the opportunities on offer.

Presentations will take place at 17:30 and 18:30.


23rd January, from 17:30 – 19:30
Craft Apprenticeship Evening: Engineering, Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road, Connah's Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR


Airbus invites students currently studying GCSE’s who are interested in finding out more about our Craft and Technician Apprenticeships to join us at our Craft Apprenticeship Open Evening at Coleg Cambria. Representatives from Airbus and Coleg Cambria will be available to speak to you about the opportunities on offer.

Presentations will take place at 17:40 and 18:40.

Carol Fardoe – Careers Adviser