All aboard! Apprenticeship bus inspires next generation with exciting futures

Amazing opportunities in a wide range of apprenticeships await secondary school students aboard the apprenticeship bus from 4 – 6 February as part of National Apprenticeship Week. This year, the bus will be arriving at schools across the city for an additional day.

The initiative is led by Shaping Portsmouth and other partners including The University of Portsmouth, The Solent Apprenticeship Hub and Stagecoach. The bus was first launched in 2018 with the mission to inspire secondary school children to consider apprenticeships as an alternative after education.

Aspirations Week 20 – 24 Jan 2020

In support of the council’s Miss School Miss Out attendance campaign, we are inviting schools to join in with Aspirations Week – 20 – 24 January 2020.

Details of the activities taking place during the week and materials for primary schools can be found at

Secondary schools are invited to sign up for EBP South’s ‘Get Inspired’ event on 22 January as part of that week, via this link.

There will be opportunities to book speakers to come into secondary schools and to talk to local employers. Further information to follow.

To help you to promote your activities, social media images, newsletter text and logos are available on the attendance campaign resources page here. Please share any photos you take of activities during the week and use hashtag #AspirationsWeek #MissSchoolMissOut in your social posts.

Let us know what you are planning for Aspirations Week and any help you need by contacting [email protected].


Careers guidance and access for education and training providers is the latest statutory guidance from the Department for Education. Published in January 2018, this document replaces the version issued in March 2015 (and updated and re-issued in April 2017). The Government’s careers strategy, published on 4th December 2017, sets out a long-term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the strategy. This is to ensure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

This guidance is for governing bodies, proprietors, school leaders, careers leaders and school staff in maintained schools , academies and free schools (including alternative provision academies and free schools) that provide secondary education, as well as local authorities that maintain pupil referral units that provide secondary education. Recipients must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to independent careers guidance and provider access to schools.

This is also mentioned on our Post 16 and higher education page


The Portsmouth College

All young people in England are required to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. Local authorities have broad duties to encourage, enable and assist young people to participate in education or training.   This includes ensuring there is sufficient suitable education and training provision for all young people aged 16 -19  or aged 19 to 25 and  with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Highbury College

Local authorities are required to collect information about the young people so that those who are not participating can be identified and offered support to re-engage. Tracking also helps to identify where there might be gaps in provision.  The data is reported and published nationally.

In 2014 Portsmouth City Council implemented a successful 3 year action plan to support participation and reduce the number of young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training). This work continues and a new Participation Strategy Action plan is being implemented.

For further information contact:

Amanda Percy, Post 16 Commissioning Manager, PCC