The Apprenticeship element describes students who have had the opportunity to learn professional or trade skills in the workplace. In order to qualify for Apprenticeship the learning experience must take place in a work setting, doing work that is of practical value to the company or employer the student is an apprentice to, under the supervision of a professional mentor. Although we appreciate that it is not always easy in the international context, wherever possible, students should work in situations where their direct supervisor is not a family member, to ensure an authentic professional experience without preferential treatment.

Programs designed to give students a survey of a field (programs where students work in a different department every day) are not suitable for Apprenticeship, as students do not develop a specific set of trade-related skills under job-like conditions. Similarly, programs designed specifically to develop skills but that do not do so in the context of the workplace are also not suitable for Apprenticeship. This includes but is not limited to music, dance, photography or creative writing programs where students develop work for themselves as opposed to working for an employer. Students who do paid or unpaid work for which they are not supervised by a professional mentor are not described by the Apprenticeship element. This includes but is not limited to babysitting or running your own business.

Apprenticeships do not need to be paid, but can be. The element describes students who complete a minimum of 10 days/80 hours of apprenticeship, with a minimum of a 5 day/40 hour commitment to any single apprenticeship.

As apprenticeships are likely to happen outside of the school setting, students are reminded to be intentional about collecting evidence of their participation.

This element does not describe a student who...

Although the student has begun work in the area of the element, the element does not yet describe a student who...

This element does describe students who are able to provide evidence of and reflect on significant learning experiences...

...is self-employed.

...learns a skill or skills that may have professional applications, but does not learn them in the context of a workplace, under professional supervision.

...may have an intermittent work experience that does not lead to the development of professional knowledge or skills.

...does work that relies on skills or knowledge the student has already demonstrated proficiency in.

...where students undertake a meaningful internship or work experience at an approved organization or learn significant skills relating to a trade, for a minimum of 80 hours or two full-time weeks. The hours must be documented and signed off by an appropriate supervisor.

...that are paid or unpaid.

(If more than one apprenticeship experience is required to fulfill the element, a reflection for EACH experience is required)

IB MYP and DP Learning Experiences Relevant to Apprenticeship:

Apprenticeship is likely to happen outside of the curriculum, though there may some potential overlap with the MYP Personal Project. Service activities undertaken for CAS are not described by Apprenticeship, as service activities are undertaken primarily for the benefit of others.

NIST Learning experiences that may be relevant to Apprenticeship:

Students who actively participate in work experience (Y11) may have learning experiences relevant to Apprenticeship. Tutoring (under professional supervision) and other internships may also qualify.

YIS Learning experiences that may be relevant to Apprenticeship:

Students who work as assistants in the YIS Summer’s Cool program may have learning experiences relevant to Apprenticeship.

ZIS Learning experiences that may be relevant to Apprenticeship:

Students who participate in the ZIS Internship program may have learning experiences relevant to Apprenticeship. Other internships may also qualify.