Wider Key Skills pave way for Apprenticeship


Back in 2011, Charlotte didn’t know a great deal about the Wider Key Skills as a qualification, but she knew that she got a lot of valuable experiences, fun and knowledge out of her Cadet Force activities.

Fortunately for Charlotte, Walker Technology Combined Cadet Force accredited their raft building, canoeing, orienteering, obstacle races, basher building and contingency planning through the Wider Key Skills and these qualifications supported Charlotte’s entry to Sixth Form at Walker Technology College.

“The contingency planning was useful in my BTEC Sport course and the Working With Others has helped me in my new Apprenticeship as a PE Technician at the school,” said Charlotte. “After Year 13, I didn’t want to go to University and spent the time up to Christmas volunteering at a local primary school. I really enjoyed working with children and, when the chance came up to get an Apprenticeship back at Walker, I was made up.”

Charlotte works under the supervision of full-time technician Mark Turnbull and is one of two Apprentices taken on by Walker Technology College (there is also an Apprentice working with the Head of Sixth Form on Social Digital Media). The qualifications and other support that make up the framework of these Apprenticeship are provided by ASDAN centre, SMARTT.

Barry Joyce, owner of SMARTT, has been interested in innovative ways to help young people achieve in education and progress into employment for many years. “The Apprenticeships at Walker are really exciting. There are good opportunities here; not just for the young people who get at least a year and a day of training and employment, but for schools. This is a great way for them to secure a supply of suitably trained staff for the future and also teaches them a lot about Apprenticeships. In turn they can provide better careers information to their pupils.”