Business KS3 / KS4: apprentice engineer for a day

17 year-old Lewis tries out being an apprentice engineer for a day.

Lewis gets some helpful advice about how to choose a career from a leading careers mentor, Aimee Bateman.

Lewis finds out what employers are looking for from one of Britain’s leading companies, Rolls-Royce.

Josh shadows 16 year-old advanced technical apprentice Natasha Swan and speaks to her about training to be a manufacturing engineer and being a woman in engineering.

An apprenticeship can be a terrific way into a job, to earn while you learn and can offer a real alternative to University for many young people.

With school students now having to stay in full time education or training until the age of 18, this clip provides plenty of useful advice to those who may benefit from a vocational education setting.

This is from the series: Apprentice for a Day

Teacher Notes

Use this clip to illustrate one of the many ways in which pupils who enjoy science can gain further qualifications and get started on a science-related career.

The clip shows that pupils need to actively choose and manage their careers, e.g. by asking questions and planning ahead.

They can come up with a list of questions to ask a careers adviser, an apprentice and an employer about apprenticeships in the sectors that interest them.

Careers and PSHE staff can discuss what pupils need to know about apprenticeships, e.g. what they are, what employers are looking for, how to find out if an apprenticeship would suit them.

They can discuss with pupils how to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing an apprenticeship over other career pathways.

Staff can use the clip with pupils to challenge outmoded career stereotypes, e.g. that engineering is just for boys.

Pupils can research apprenticeship vacancies and other useful information at:


For information about different types of jobs and careers:

For specialist advice and information, they can contact the National Careers Service helpline (0800 100 900) or talk to the careers adviser in their own school.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Business and PSHE Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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