Co-op academies apprenticeships

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From September 2019, Connell Sixth Form College, soon to be part of the Co-op Academies Trust, will become the first college to enable students to start courses that will include one day paid work experience at the Co-op’s Support Centre in Manchester.

We currently offer 16 year olds leaving our Co-op Academies, the opportunity to start an apprenticeship within the Co-op, but this is the first time that students will be able to continue their sixth form studies, while also getting paid for a work placement.

BTEC Level 3 qualification

Students can study for a BTEC Level 3, that will last two years and have the option to cover:

  • marketing
  • accounting
  • economics
  • HR and ethics

Students will undertake work placement for up to 40 days a year, and will receive the same hourly rate as any other new starter of £7.71. The wage will be paid in the form of a grant through the College.
They will also have access to many parts of our business, to help them decide which areas of work they prefer.

Our Co-op currently offers one of the best Apprenticeship schemes in the UK, we were recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the National Apprenticeship Service.

We’re producing pioneers of the future

Earlier this year Co-op Academies announced they are putting a further £3.6m into their academies programme, to increase the number of schools across the north of England from 12 to up to 40 by 2022.

Our approach to education is built on the same principles as all cooperatives across the world – working to empower teachers and young people to work together for a better education and a better community.

Working in some of the most economically and socially challenging areas in the country, Co-op Academies Trust has demonstrated that co-operative values and principles, strong governance and the ability to leverage the resources of the Co-op can have a dramatic impact on school improvement, which has been recognised by Ofsted, the Department of Education and independent researchers such as The Sutton Trust.

Apprenticeships at the Co-op

Frank Norris
Director of the Co-op Academies Trust

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  1. I believe academies to be a corrupt system, as shown on Panorama this week. The Co-op may be the best thing that ever happened to it, as those involved will presumably make sure that financially and educationally this particular initiative is impeccable?


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