National Apprenticeship Week 2024 took place from 5 – 11 February this year, and Visa volunteers were out in force to spread the word about degree apprenticeships at Paddington Schools.
The week started with Visa
colleagues Dan and Zeynep speaking to 170 Year 10 students at St Marylebone School during their Monday morning assembly. Dan gave an overview of Visa’s degree apprenticeship programme, then Zeynep spoke to the group about her personal experience as an apprentice, the application process and her education/professional background. In spring, Visa volunteers will return to St Marylebone School to deliver a six-week careers mentoring programme with Year 10, further demonstrating their commitment to raise awareness of the broad range of careers available in technology.
Visa volunteer Zeynep sharing her experiences with St Marylebone School students.
National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration bringing together businesses, apprentices and schools to highlight the positive impact that apprenticeships make to companies, individuals and the wider economy.
Later in the week, Visa volunteers Katherine and Khan headed to Westminster Academy
to present to a group of Year 12 students. Katherine began the session talking through the apprenticeship opportunities at Visa, then Khan took students through his lived experience on the degree apprenticeship programme. The pupils were very engaged in the event and asked several questions, with a number of students staying behind to speak directly to the Visa volunteers and understand their career options.
Katherine and Khan engaging with Westminster Academy students on degree apprenticeships.
We are hugely grateful to our Visa volunteers for raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst Paddington students. If your Paddington team would like to get involved in careers education at local schools, please do not hesitate to contact our community team.