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Our National Schools Outreach Programme

Research undertaken by QA Apprenticeships found that 80% of students know little, or nothing about IT and professional apprenticeships. That is a scary number, especially when you consider that the apprenticeship levy (introduced in April 2017) will ensure that all major UK employers will be looking to introduce formal apprenticeship schemes for its entry-level talent.

To tackle this issue and help raise awareness of apprenticeships amongst school-leavers, QA launched its national schools outreach programme in 2015. Our team of schools liaison officers visit schools across the country giving careers talks, hosting parents evenings and holding job drop-in clinics to help schools to support their students in making the right career choices. 

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How can QA work with your school?

  • Visit your school to deliver presentations, workshops or 121 meetings with your students on apprenticeships
  • Send you regular update emails on apprenticeships and local job opportunities for your students
  • Our Teachers Toolkit includes posters for your classrooms, a teacher’s apprenticeships guide, a parent’s guide and much more

Local Schools Liaison Officers

All of the schools we work with have a designated, local point of contact to liaise and correspond with.

Want us to come to your school? Get in touch.

Kavneet Sandhu - Schools Liaison Manager

Kav coordinates all of our schools liaison activity and supports the regional team to deliver apprenticeship engagement events (large and small). Kavneet.Sandhu@qa.com

Cristina Comas - Scotland

Cristina actively works with schools and colleges in Scotland by delivering presentations and workshops about apprenticeship to teachers, students and parents. To secure your school visit email: Cristina.Comas@qa.com

Sarra Smith - North of England

Sarra joined the school outreach team in May 2016 with vast experience working with schools across the North of England. Sarra regularly attends schools and colleges to deliver presentations and attend events. To secure a school visit or request more information please email: Sarra.Smith@qa.com

Kelly Dack - Midlands

Based in the Midlands, Kelly passionately visits schools and colleges to deliver apprenticeship presentations and build relationships within the midlands area. If you are interested in requesting a school visit, please email: Kelly.Dack@qa.com

Claire Philips - West of England

Claire is responsible for building relationships with schools and colleges in the West of England. She regularly attends events and delivers presentations to students and parents about apprenticeship opportunities. To request a school visit please email: Claire.Phillips@qa.com

Sarah Curtis - Kent

Sarah actively works with schools and colleges in Kent to provide knowledge and guidance to students and teachers about apprenticeships. To secure an apprenticeship presentation, please email: Sarah.Curtis@qa.com