Facebook app launched by young developers to help peers apply for apprenticeships

A team consisting of budding developers from Nottingham has created an app to help school and college leavers find an apprenticeship.

The ‘App-renticeships’ app is the winning design selected by judges following a national competition to develop a tool that helps young job seekers improve the quality of their applications to secure an apprenticeship.

Developed by a young team from Nottingham, the app is being launched today (Monday 19 August) on the National Apprenticeship Service’s dedicated Facebook page as part of a drive to encourage more young people to make apprenticeships their first choice after receiving their exam results. It can also be downloaded as a free mobile phone app.

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Screen grab of the new app on Facebook

Members of the winning team from Confetti Media Group in Nottingham are all aged between 16 and 24. They’re currently apprentices at Confetti, working in a range of roles including apprentice production runner and IT and technical apprentice.

Back row (L to R): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies), Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (L to R): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

Back row (Left to Right): Craig Abrahart (notgoingtouni.co.uk), Jason Holt (CEO, Holts Group of Companies) and Carolyn Savage (National Apprenticeship Service). Front row (Left to Right): Matt Truslove, James Warkwick, Emma Jesson and Daniel Munro from Confetti Media Group, Nottingham

They fought off teams from around the country to develop their app, which offers a range of CV advice, Case Study videos and a search tool to help find an apprenticeship.

The team members will be attending the National Careers Service Roadshow in Nottingham today in order to promote the app launch.

The total funds the team received to produce the app was £13,000 (£3,000 for the beta version and a further £10,000 for the final app).

Other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service

There have been other resources launched by the National Apprenticeship Service over the examination results period:
• On apprentice.tv, a host of information films and guidance on ‘How to apply for an apprenticeship,’ a guide to Higher Apprenticeships and the new ‘How to make a flying start to your apprenticeship’
• An online ‘Apprentice Support Pack’ featuring hints and advice on starting an apprenticeship

Alison Whitlock, head of apprenticeships at the Confetti Media Group, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the team and very proud of their achievement. It’s a brilliant user-friendly tool designed by young people with their peers in mind. We’re very excited about its launch today, and we’re also looking forward to the response it receives.”

Pictured at this morning's launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove, and Emma Jesson

Pictured at this morning’s launch (left to right): James Warkwick, Daniel Munro, Matt Truslove and Emma Jesson

Jaine Bolton, director at the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The judges were all impressed by the standard of the applications received in the Facebook competition. It’s clear how much thought and hard work had gone into creating the final app, which really is a winning design created by young people who have been in the same position as those they have created it for. It looks great, is easy to use and will hopefully help young job seekers get the results they are looking for in securing them an apprenticeship.”

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the first choice for many young people as they offer a way to earn while you learn. It’s great to see that parents are also backing apprenticeships for their own children. We need as many employers as possible to offer apprenticeships and see how hiring an apprentice can help them grow their own talent.”

This news comes as the 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 (designed to create new apprenticeships in the security sector) continues to gather momentum.

To help young people access impartial and independent advice, the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service are running a special #ResultsAdvice service on Twitter and Facebook until 29 August in order to give young people the opportunity to ask questions about their exam results, apprenticeships and wider career options.

The National Careers Service can also be contacted free on 0800 100 900 from 8.00 am-10.00 pm or go online for information and advice or to talk to an adviser via webchat. The young people’s section has lots of useful information to help them reach decisions about their future.

1 Between 3-11 May 2013, the ICM interviewed 1,000 parents of 14-24 year olds from England. The percentages refer to parents who would ‘definitely’ (36%) or ‘maybe’ (46%) “recommend an apprenticeship as a career route for your child(ren).”

2 Percentages refer to all those saying they would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ like to do an Apprenticeship if one were available.

3 http://notgoingtouniblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/employers-and-students-say-university-is-no-longer-the-best-post-school-option/

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