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BMet joins forces with ASK to widen students access to impactful career opportunities

Foundation Learning Students at BMet have been equipped with key information and skills to give them access to a range of local apprenticeships and traineeships, thanks to a partnership with ASK.

Representatives from the leading national careers support provider, came into BMet’s Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield Colleges today, to provide students with unique sessions geared towards widening learners’ knowledge of the pathways available to them.

The Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges programme (ASK programme) is funded by the Department for Education. It aims to support schools and colleges in England to increase awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels amongst students, parents, carers, teachers and careers advisers.

During the BMet sessions, students gained invaluable advice for career-focused aptitudes including CV writing, interview skills and IT usage. Streamlined support was also given to students to help them find suitable apprenticeships and traineeships.

Here is what some of the students studying Vocational Studies had to say…

Raul: “It has been a very good experience for me today. I have only recently come to England and I have acquired knowledge that will be very useful for my future career.

“I would like to be a chef in the future and now know how I could apply for and gain an apprenticeship in this area.”

Kallie: “It has been an incredibly insightful day for me today and I have gained a variety of useful tips that will help me in my future.

“Although I am not seeking to gain an apprenticeship, I still gained obtained helpful information, that will help me pursue a job as a Forensic Psychologist.”

ASK come to Sutton Coldfield College        ASK come to Sutton Coldfield College

BMet welcomes partnerships with like-minded organisations to attend their career-focused events, which take place across James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield Colleges.

Further planned activity to support students in their goals and careers include:

Other BMet careers events coming up:

  • Monday 18th March, Employability Day, 10am-3pm, Sutton Coldfield College.
    Meet employers and professional role models to inspire students to reach higher in their career choice.
  • Tuesday 19th March, Careers Opportunities Event, 10am-2pm, Matthew Boulton College.
  • Wednesday 20th March, Careers Opportunities Event, 10am-1pm, James Watt College.
  • ASK Apprenticeship Days
    ASK advisers will run tutorial sessions as well as running marketing stands to answer students’ questions about getting an apprenticeship on:

9th April 10am-3pm, Sutton Coldfield College.

10th April 10am-3pm, Matthew Boulton College.

11th April 10am-3pm, James Watt College.

  • Coventry University Partnership Days

15th April at James Watt College. Coventry University will send Lecturers from Engineering and Construction degrees to work with BMet students.

16th April at Sutton Coldfield College. Coventry University will send Lecturers from a wider range of subjects to work with BMet students.

Personal Statement Week, 22nd 26th April

Universities will be sending representatives to all colleges to advise Level 3 Year 1 students on how to write and effective personal statements for 2025 entry.

  • Jobhunting through LinkedIn Day with Coventry university on 30th April 10am -2pm at SC

 Speaking of the BMet careers events, Jenny North, Head of Careers Guidance & Careers Leader, said: “The sessions this week have been extremely effective and rewarding, in making students aware of the wealth of career focused pathways available to them.

“It is especially good to be able to support our Foundation Learning Students, who sometimes need that extra bit of support.

“Many such learners have a desire to obtain an apprenticeship or traineeship. So, partnering with ASK has been a mutually beneficial opportunity for us all, as our end goal is to increase the career chances of our students.”

Ask Ambassador, Daniel Birch, who delivered the sessions said: “It has been a lovely day engaging with a variety of different students. It was good to talk to learners on a 1-2-1 basis about career pathways, which was very rewarding.

“It was good to work with BMet and to visit Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield Colleges, as we are both on a mission to help students in their next step to gaining future careers.”

If you are an employer/organisation wanting to join one of BMet’s career events, please contact or

You can find out more about BMet’s partnerships with employers, who are also invested in the career opportunities of students, on our website. Information about our careers advisors can also be found on our website.


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