Inspiring Apprenticeships event at Eastbrook School, Dagenham during National Apprenticeship week

This National Apprenticeship Week  and on International Women’s Day, Inspiring the Future ran an  Inspiring Apprenticeship event at Eastbrook School in Dagenham.

Photos from the event are here.

This event come shortly after the launch of a new report by Education and Employers charity which looks at some of the negative perceptions about apprenticeships, including gender stereotyping, and how schools and colleges can tackle these by inviting apprentices in to talk about their positive experiences and their careers.

At the event, over 30 former or current apprentices – many of whom are women – talked to students about their experiences. They include a Solicitor Apprentice from Withers LLP, Apprentice Engineers from Homeserve, Diary Secretary Apprentice from The Cabinet Office and many more, demonstrating the diverse range of apprenticeships. They will be talking to students about their experiences of being an apprentice, and tackling some of the gender and other stereotypes around this route.


If you would like to volunteer in schools talking about your apprenticeship story, please sign up to Inspiring the Future.

A huge thank you to our fantastic volunteers:

Abi Ganesalingham Accenture Financial Services Consultant
Talit Khan AdvantageSEND Consulting Education Consultant
William Brittain AON Apprentice
Roselyn Unegbu Association for Project Management Head of Programmes
Leah Bailie Barclays Apprentice
Hayley Andrews Barnard & Westwood Book Binder
Aaisha Mughal Bevan Brittan LLP Legal Apprentice
Keeva Challis Bevan Brittan LLP Legal Apprentice
Lybov Turchyn Cabinet Office Diary Secretary
Chelsie Oakley Capgemini Cyber Security Apprentices
Clare Mills Capgemini School Programme Manager
Matt Portainer CBRE Apprentice
Sophie Banks CBRE Apprentice Surveyor
Ellie Eastman DfT Apprentice
Kelly Freeman DfT Commercial Skills & Capability Manager
Simran Khurmy DfT Apprentice
Christine Simon DWP JCP West London Schools Adviser
Rebecca White First Intuition Skill and Development Coach
Daisy Tyerman GSK Manufacturing Science Apprentices
Daniella Tubb-Whittington GSK Apprentice Recruitment Account Manager
Charlotte Sandbatch HomeServe Apprentice
Ebony Bunting HomeServe Apprentice
Paul Mann HomeServe Technical Services Manager
Toni Oakley Tulk HomeServe Apprentice
Karen Taylor LIBF Head of Apprenticeships
Sonia Alonso Vincente Link Group Senior Project Manager
Charlie Edwards London Skills for Growth
Marie O’leary London Skills for Growth
Nicole Clavier London Skills for Growth
Victoria Jones London Skills for Growth
Mark Burgess Merchant Navy Training Board Training Development Manager
Lucy Freeman Merchant Navy Training Board Royal Fleet Auxilary
Masuma Begum Mischon De Reya Legal services Apprentice
Jay Connolly MOJ Apprentice
Megan Taylor MOJ New Apprentice
Maybell Saliu Network Rail Programme Administrator
Minaar Hansi NHS Performance and Quality Analyst
Brendan Devereaux Prime Minister’s Office Drafter, Ministerial Correspondence Team
Jess McKeever Prime Minister’s Office Logistics and Events Officer (and former apprentice)
Sam Gold Prime Minister’s Office
Aisha Ahmed SGCIB Apprentice
Margaret Daly SIRM  Marketing and Recruitment Manager
Courtney Leaver-Gritter TFL Train Maintence Apprentice
Abena Asamoa-Bonsu TFL Systems Lead Project Engineer
Chloe Miles TFL Systems Apprentice Quantity Surveyor
Rebecca Balderson TFL Systems Apprentice Engineer
Shermena Reid TFL Systems Engineering Apprentice
Evie Gowlett Withers LLP Solicitor Apprentice
Halima Khanum Withers LLP Solicitor Apprentice

One of our volunteers, Holly Moor, Apprentice Solicitor at ITV talked about her apprenticeship experience:

“I started looking for legal apprenticeships as I was studying for my A levels. I thought that a mixture of practical work and academic study was best suited to somebody like me who always wants to take on a challenge. Also, I felt that an apprenticeship would provide me with practical legal skills, which are a fundamental part of being a solicitor and which I would not develop as early if I went to university full time. I felt that this apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity to become a fully qualified solicitor, while gaining a huge amount of hands-on experience and incurring no university debt. I also felt that ITV as an organisation would be the perfect workplace for me, as I would fit in and enjoy my working life while reaching my full potential. Now in my second year, I couldn’t be more right.”