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Y11 and Y12 Degree Apprenticeship Careers Talk

Published on 08/03/18

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of women in all walks of life and careers. The theme of International Women’s Day this year is ‘Press for Progress’ and it also coincides with National Apprenticeship Week designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact on students. So the two were combined, and the School invited young Business Analyst, Fifi Ghaith, along as a speaker to encourage all Year 11 and Year 12 students to press for progress.

Fifi is one of the first to successfully complete a first-class degree apprenticeship scheme. At the age of 21, she has worked her way up to become a Business Analyst at the IT outsourcing firm CGI earning £29,000,  with good promotion prospects. Degree apprenticeships are a new career route which experts hope will address a chronic shortage of tech talent.

On the three-year course, Fifi, spent Mondays studying at Winchester University and the rest of the week at her sponsor’s offices, working on real-life projects involving cybersecurity, data protection and robotics, among other areas.

Many of our Claremont Fan Court School students were inspired by this new way of achieving a degree and the School will continue to support them with their application progress.

You can read Fifi’s story in The Times from 24 January 2018.