Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes


28 02 2019

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Learning and Work Institute is working with the support of J.P. Morgan to explore and promote best practice in the delivery of pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe and other parts of the world.

We’re focussing on identifying and promoting programmes that enable young people from all backgrounds to gain the skills and experience they need, to successfully bridge the gap to an apprenticeship. Alongside identifying what works, we’re particularly interested in programmes that have developed good practice in four key areas:

  • Development of digital skills;
  • Blended learning approaches;
  • ‘Learn to learn’ attitudes and skills;
  • Development of soft/transversal skills.

Webinar series: Effective practice in pre-apprenticeship programmes

1Effective Practice in Pre-apprenticeship programmes - webinar series

Resources for pre-apprenticeship providers

Learning providers across the world have had to adapt to delivering programmes for young people online due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has been a new experience for the majority of pre-apprenticeship and other work-based learning providers. Meanwhile, labour markets across the world are constantly changing and young people need a wide range of skills in order to build sustainable, successful, and rewarding careers.

L&W have developed a set of resources to support pre-apprenticeship providers with the design and delivery of high-quality programmes that support young people to enter apprenticeships.

This includes two new resources published in February 2021:

  • A guide for providers on blended learning on pre-apprenticeship programmes – This new resource contains practical information and guidance to enable providers to learn from wider research and practice in delivering effective blended learning programmes. It draws on evidence and lessons learned from pre-apprenticeship programmes across the UK, Europe and more widely.
  • A resource for providers for skills development on pre-apprenticeship programmes – Basic skills, digital skills, employability, and transversal/soft skills are crucial in preparing young people for an apprenticeship and for building successful careers. This practical resource will enable pre-apprenticeship providers to develop and enhance their programmes to ensure that young people are equipped with the key skills they need for the future.

These guides are available in Spanish, French and German at the bottom of the page.

Case Studies

Alongside a range of research, we carried out deep dive study visits with organisations where we explored their pre-apprenticeship programmes in detail, speaking to providers, employers and young people, as well as carrying out observations of learning both in the classroom and in the workplace.

These case studies demonstrate the ways in which pre-apprenticeship programmes are designed and delivered in a range of country contexts. They particularly showcase how pre-apprenticeships can support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to move into high quality apprenticeships.

These 5 short films which act as learning modules and showcase different elements of best practice.

Have something interesting to share?

We’re keen to learn about a broad range of pre-apprenticeship programmes, in all parts of the world, and the difference they make to young people’s lives. Please get in touch to tell us about your programme, or to receive information about new materials and opportunities to engage with the project, as it progresses.