National Apprenticeship Week –  Pledge for Potential with ACCA

With National Apprenticeship Week taking place next week (7-11 February in England), ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, are launching a campaign with the aim of supporting young people into the world of work via apprenticeships.  Not only will the campaign showcase the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, it is also designed to get schools, businesses and parents committed to doing more to encourage young people to consider vocational pathways as an accessible and more inclusive route into a career in the professions, including accountancy.

The ACCA would be delighted to welcome involvement from the TF Careers Network.  This could be in any capacity whether that’s as a Careers Leader on behalf of you school, as a teacher, parent or school governor or as an individual.  Your pledge can be big or small as you like and is really an opportunity to amplify the great work that is happening across the space. Some suggested pledge ideas are listed below,  but please be as creative as you like, we can’t wait to see what you come up with:

Pledge ideas/suggestions

To help you develop your own pledges we have put together some suggestions.

I promise to organise at least one lesson in the spring term for my students which focusses on professions my students don’t normally associate with apprenticeships such as accounting and financial services.
 I promise to invite an apprentice from a local employer into my school to talk to my students about their experience and the benefits of choosing the apprenticeship route.
 I promise to share information with the parents and influencers of my students, via the parents newsletter, about the various career pathways available after school/college, including apprenticeships.
 I promise to upskill myself on the vocational careers pathways available, including in industries such as accounting, finance and business so that I can be informed when sharing careers advice with my students.
ParentsI promise to talk to my child about all of the career pathways available to them after they finish school, not just university.
 I promise to attend an information event on apprenticeships with my child, such as a virtual webinar hosted by an employer, or an apprenticeships careers fair so my child is aware of all options available to them after they finish school.

If your school or college would like to get involved in the #ACCApledgeforpotential campaign simply record a short video of your commitment to your pupils and share with ACCA, making sure to reference ACCA and the campaign name “pledge for potential” at the start of the video. Don’t forget post your video on your social media channels during National Apprenticeship Week to use hashtags #NAW22, #pledgeforpotential and to tag us on Instagram: (@ACCA_UK) and Twitter: (@ACCA_UK) so we can see and share your posts.

For further details on the campaign and to submit a pledge video, please visit ACCA’s website.

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