Bridging work for those attending college

Year 11 Transition Tasks – For students heading to colleges and apprenticeships


Some courses at York College will be producing pre-course work for new students. This should be on the website after Easter. It will be mostly for A Level students – but you should check for vocational courses too!



Askham Bryan will be sending out pre-course work to new students. You will receive this in May!



It’s a very tricky time for apprenticeships, and there is some more information on the next slide.

However, if you want an apprenticeship, you are going to have to be proactive, and having an employer (someone to work for) will be really important. A really good thing to do, would be to complete the CV task on this Power Point, and then send a copy of your CV to possible employers.

If somebody agrees to take you on (but doesn’t know much about apprenticeships), you can email Mr Daniel (, or The York Apprenticeships Hub ( who will support them.

However, DON’T BE UPSET if you can’t get one! Just go to College/Sixth Form for now and look out for future opportunities.


First, a word on apprenticeships…

This is a ‘strange’ time for everyone, and it might be tougher to find an apprenticeship right now. However there are some things that you can do to help:

1) Register with The York Apprenticeship Hub at

You can also email The York Apprenticeships Hub at – it’s their job help people find apprenticeships!

2) Register, search and apply for apprenticeships on the National Apprenticeships Website at

3) Search and apply for vacancies on the York College, YH Services, DTA, JTL, CITB, Eden, Northern Skills, Babington and Askham Bryan websites.

4) Search and apply for apprenticeships through major company websites like Nestle, Network Rail, CGC and PwC (most of these will be for when you’re over 18, but it won’t hurt to look now).

5) Contact local employers (big and small) to ask for work experience, and to be considered for an apprenticeship now or in the future!

6) You can find lots of information about apprenticeships (and other career related support) at and

Finally, below is a list of the apprenticeships currently available across the UK. Remember, if you have an employer who will support you through one of the apprenticeships on the list, but they have never done one before, get in touch with Mr Daniel or the York Apprenticeships Hub!


Transition Task 1 – Write a Personal Statement / Covering Letter

Whenever you apply for a job/course, you will usually send a covering letter or personal statement (they are very similar). This is to let the employer/training provider know why you are interested in applying and why you would be a good choice for them. It is your opportunity to sell your great skills and qualities, but you must do your research and make sure your skills and qualities tie into what your future employer/training provider wants!

In this task, we are going to go through the process of finding a job advert that relates to your training, before creating a covering letter/personal statement that you could use to apply for that job.

By then end it should look something like the one on this slide (although probably a bit longer).


Transition Task 1 – Write a Personal Statement / Covering Letter

1) Find the course that you are going to do next year, or the job description if you are doing an apprenticeship.

Read about some of the jobs that you could get after completing your course. For college, you may have to look at the different levels of the course (L1, L2 and L3) to find this information:

2) Go to the following website and search the jobs that you have found, decide which one(s) you like the most:

3) Using the job(s) that you liked the most from your search, do another search for this job(s) on the following site:

4) Select a job from that interests you and see what sort of skills/qualities you would need to do this job. This information may be presented differently for different jobs – but will be there. It’s usually things like: ‘Works well as part of a team, knowledge of IT etc.’

5) For each skill/quality (you can group similar ones together), write a short paragraph explaining why that skill/quality is important and how you have used it in the past e.g.

Using ICT effectively is crucial for managing accounts accurately and presenting information. I have regularly used Microsoft Office throughout my time at school to organise my work, and found this especially useful when developing my extended project in Product Design.

6) Once you have written your sentences/paragraphs, arrange them into a sensible order so that they link to each other. You may need to add some conjunctions like: however, because, as a result of, therefore, in a similar vein (way).

You have now written the bulk of your letter / statement. Yay!

7) At the top of your covering letter (part 6), write a few sentences to explain why you are interested in the job, and what has lead to you be interested in this kind of work e.g.

From a young age, I have been passionate about making things. I have always enjoyed the challenge of problem solving and making designs come to life. If given the opportunity to work for Bob’s Builders as a Tea Person, I would love the chance to make a positive contribution to this firm.

8) Next, go back to and find out something about the company who placed the job advert. You should also google them and even go on social media. Then add a paragraph, after your introduction, that shows that you have done your research about the firm e.g.

I know that for over 30 years Bob’s Builders have been an honest, reliable firm that is well respected throughout the city. In addition to being involved with many key developments around York, I recently read that the firm will be building a new shopping complex in Huntington. I am proud of my local area and  would love to be part of such a project as I feel that I would be giving back to the community by boosting the tourist industry.

9) Finally, write a short conclusion which thanks the employer for reading you application (you can borrow my example, or do your own):

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application for the role of Tea Maker – I hope to be invited to the next stage of the application process. However if I am unsuccessful, I wish you and your firm all the very best for the future.

Congratulations! You now have a covering letter / personal statement that relates to a job that you may apply for after College / University / your apprenticeship.

You should save this and use it as a template when you apply for various jobs, apprenticeships and courses (just tweak it as required).

If you email it to me, I would be happy to check it for you too!

You have also gone through the process that you should do every time you apply for a job / course. Do your research and make sure that you are offering what they need, and want!


Transition Task 2 – Create or develop your CV

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a really important document that tracks everything you have done in your career. Some companies don’t accept them (they just ask you to put all the info into an application form). However, it’s still worth keeping a CV as it makes it easier to remember everything you have done!

In this task, we are going to build your CV step by step. By the end it should look something like the one on this.


Transition Task 2 – Create or develop your CV

You can either start your CV from scratch, or you can use the template provided with this work. Feel free to change the formatting, but remember it needs to look grown up and professional.

1) At the top of your page you need the title ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’. Below this, you need your full name, address and contact details (this should include a phone number and email address). If you don’t have an email address – go to Gmail and set one up.

HINT: if your email address is bit silly or immature, it doesn’t look very professional. Maybe it’s worth using a slightly more formal (or dull) email address for your CV?

2) Next, you need to type the subheading ‘Education’ and below that you need to put all of your grades from school – for now, these will be your predicted grades. You need to include: the school name; the subjects taken; the qualification earned (GCSE, ECDL, BTEC etc.); the grade you achieved (1-9/ Merit / Pass) and the dates of the course. You might want to use a table to make this information clearer. Have a look at my example (S11)

3) After your ‘Education’ section, you need another subheading. On my CV example this is ‘Employment History’ but you might want to call this ‘Employment History and Work Experience.’ In this section you need to list every job you have done plus any volunteering that you have done. This could include: a part time job; doing sports leadership in PE; helping at a local theatre club; being a librarian; being a prefect etc.


You need to include where this work / volunteering happened and when it was. The ‘when’ might be approximate, so if you were a prefect at school for 5 years – just put your dates as September 2015 to July 2020.

However, your dates may be also be more specific. For example, if you did a week of work experience – you might put something like Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020 as your dates.

You also need to write a very brief description of what you did e.g.

‘As a prefect, I was responsible for delivering messages for my Head of House during AM Registrations’.

As you get a bit older, you will also need to put how much you got paid for each job, and why you left. For now most of your work experience is unpaid so this isn’t necessary, so you can just put N/A in these columns.

4) If you have taken any extra courses (coaching courses, first aid certificates, Duke of Edinburgh Awards etc.), you need another section here. This section is called ‘Additional Qualifications.’ Below this subheading, simply list the qualifications you have and when you did them e.g.

FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification – December 2017

5) You now need to write the subheading ‘General Interests’. In this section, you just need to write a very short summary of yourself. Include what sort of person you are, and what you are interested in.

However, try to think about qualities that are ‘useful’ – don’t just say hanging around with friends and playing X Box. If this is what you usually do, maybe you could say you’re ‘a social person with a keen interest in ICT.’

6) Nearly there! You now need to type the subheading ‘References’ and then think about two people who know you well and like you! If you apply for a job or course, your referees will be contacted and asked to write a reference for you. This is to check that if you are the right person for the position, and to ensure you have told the truth on your CV / personal statement.

You need two references! One should be from your most recent employer/school – for now would probably use your Form Tutor or Head of House. The second can be anybody who knows you well, so they could be another teacher, a coach or an employer – someone like that.

You need to put their name, address and contact details under the ‘References’ subheading. Where possible, use their work address and contact. So, for your first referee, you would use the Huntington School address, telephone number and general email (it’s all on our website).

FINALLY: It might be polite to ask your referee if they don’t mind being your reference, before you put them on your CV.

Congratulations! You now have a CV!

You should save this and add to it whenever you gain any new qualifications, do any further work experience or get a new job.

If you email it to me, I would be happy to check it for you too!

I (Mr Daniel) have had the same CV since school, although it now looks VERY different and a lot fuller! You have just done a really useful task, so make sure you keep a copy safe!


Task 3 – Get ahead of the game!

When you apply for a job / course, you will usually be asked to do some research before you start. We are going to do this for the course that you will be doing next year. It will be helpful as you will know exactly what to expect, and it might allow you to progress faster and get better marks!

1) Find the course that you are going to do next year (look at all levels of it – usually 1,2 and 3). Look at the things that you will be studying / doing on your course. For example if you are doing construction, it will be things like ‘constructing block walling;’ if you are doing Drama it will be something like ‘Critical and Contextual Awareness.’

2) Create a table (like the one below) for all of the things that you will cover on your course.

You can use and edit my table if it’s easier.

I have used a range of subjects for mine – however all of yours will be from the same subject area.










3) Based on your current knowledge, complete the second column with a rating of 1-3 based on how much you know about that part of the course. 3 means you are very confident already, 1 means you don’t know anything about it!







4) Add notes to the third and fourth column based on what you already know.

It might look something like this:









5) Finally, use the internet / your reading to complete and add to the third column. For some, your notes might be about how to do something, for some it might just be a definition of what it is!

Don’t forget to make a note of any websites / books that you have used, in the fourth column. This will allow you to find help, quickly next year, when required.










Congratulations! You now have done some great preparation work for your new course.

You have found some useful resources / websites for the future, and you can start your course knowing that you already have a good understanding about what you will be doing.

You will also know which areas you might struggle with and where you will have to work harder.

You should save this somewhere safe as it could come in useful throughout your course and beyond.

If you email it to me, I would be happy to check it for you too!

Finally, it may be that you can also be using this time to practise some of the practical skills required for your course (as long as it is safe to do so). So if you are doing Art and Design, maybe you could develop your portfolio? If you are doing Drama, maybe you could try some different acting techniques?