Sarah Barley is currently the director of Careers & Employability for The Education Alliance in East Yorkshire. Sarah launched her Employer Led Programme in 2016.The initiative aims to embed apprenticeship preparation programmes into the curriculum through internships, master classes & industry mentoring experiences. It is a programme that received national recognition in The Parliamentary Review and led to her meeting The Queen in November 2017. Sarah was also named The National Apprenticeship Champion of the Year in January 2018.
I spent the first years of my teaching career listening to students and parents talk about UCAS. University was the prime route young people took, and that was primarily because there was a limited understanding on the value of an apprenticeship as the first step into a career.