“It has been a pleasure to see the early interaction between St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and the University of Sunderland evolve into strong and active relationship. We have created and delivered a number of sessions that prepare students for their choices in how they wish to engage with Higher Education. For some students, this may be the typical undergraduate full-time study route, but for many others a step into the world of employment is preferable. We feel the sessions we provide assist those who find that particular path more desirable, by helping them both identify existing, and develop new, transferable skills. This creates a suitable platform for applying for higher level apprenticeships”.