National Apprenticeship Week: What's it all about?
It’s here! The week we’ve all been waiting for… Well, some of us anyway! National Apprenticeship Week began yesterday, and runs until Friday 18th March. Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, it is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Part of the Skills Funding Agency, the National Apprenticeship Service is sponsored by BIS to fund skills training for further education in England. They support over 1000 colleges, private training organisations and employers across the country.
This year, since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the new law, apprenticeships have quickly been pushed to the forefront of everyone’s minds - and I’m not just talking about employers or young people, but schools, colleges, training providers, local councils and even parents too!
But what is the point of National Apprenticeship Week?
National Apprenticeship week will highlight the promise of apprenticeships across the country. Young people are no longer lead to believe that university is the only option! Apprentices have been placed at the heart of the government’s drive to equip individuals with the skills that companies need to grow. New research released to mark the start of NAW has found that businesses who place apprentices at the heart of their plans to expand, rank hiring the right staff as the most important factor in helping them grow. Business Secretary, Sajid Javed commented:
“I hope National Apprenticeship Week will inspire many more businesses across the country to commit to taking on an apprentice. Apprenticeships don’t just offer life changing opportunities to our young people, they also deliver for the bottom line. We are committed to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 because apprenticeships are good for Britain.”
Did you know?
- Eight out of ten managers see apprentices as an important part of growing their businesses
- New research shows the right people and skills are ten times more important to expansion than access to finance
- Apprentice employers are five times as likely to rapidly expand their business
So, what’s happening for NAW?
There are plenty of events happening across the country this week!
London: To mark the start of the week, an event designed to encourage more businesses to take on apprentices is taking place at the Shard.
York:Nestle kick off National Apprenticeship week with a visit from Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, who toured the KitKat factory with two apprentices.
National:Seven top companies have announced a commitment to apprenticeships. These include: Starbucks, Prezzo, Fortnum and Mason, Deloitte, Green King, BT and Addleshaw Goddard. We have also seen the professional services firm, EY announce 200 professional apprenticeships. Maggie Stilwell, EY’s Managing Partner for Talent commented:
“We are seeing impressive school leavers who are hungry for work and keen to start a career in business as an alternative to University. They are pace setters, incredibly enthusiastic, eager to learn and bring a fresh viewpoint to an organisation.”
What are Class Careers doing?
Well, we wouldn’t want to miss out on the National Apprenticeship action! We’re hosting an exclusive workshop for some of our partner schools with three major apprentice employers across three different sectors. We’ve managed to grab some of the recruiters from Microsoft, Schroders and Nestlé to talk with some Year 12s and 13s across the country to introduce them to what is on offer - outside of the traditional university route. Taking place tomorrow, it’s set to be a brilliant session! We’ll be reporting back on it throughout the day on our twitter feeds: @classcareers@christos_o1 and @jasminew21, so do check it out!
These are just a few of the amazing events happening this week, but you can see the full listing here. We’d also love to hear what you are doing to promote apprenticeships within your business, school or college! Let us know in the comment box below.