14-18 March 2016 sees the return of the popular National Apprenticeship Week. Co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency to celebrate the positive impact of apprenticeships and traineeships on people, businesses and the wider economy, it involves hundreds of events and activities across England.
During the week, employers, apprentices, business support organisations, colleges and training organisations and schools across the country will be encouraged to host activities to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships.
Over the next five years, the government is committed to three million new apprenticeships, so they are keen to promote their many benefits – and National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to spread the word.
23,000 new vacancies were pledged in 2015
Apprenticeships and traineeships play an important role in upskilling the nation and increasing productivity, and during last year’s National Apprenticeship Week a record-breaking 23,000 new apprenticeship vacancies were pledged. 200 new businesses also joined the Trailblzer programme to design high quality apprenticeships, and degree apprenticeships were launched.
This year, the National Apprenticeship Service are setting their sights even higher, as their Director Sue Husband says:
“Last year’s National Apprenticeship Week saw some tremendous achievements, but I want next year’s National Apprenticeship Week to be the best yet. I am looking forward to once again raising the profile of apprenticeships and traineeships and celebrating the important role they play in equipping people of all ages with the skills that they need to prosper in their lives.”
You can find out more about this year’s National Apprenticeship Week here.