National Apprenticeship Week is running from 14 to 18 March 2016 with hundreds of events taking place up and down the country. The week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. It is an opportunity to push Apprenticeship messages and for businesses to promote and recruit for their respective schemes. The Engineering Council has produced some new case studies in which individuals share their first-hand Apprenticeship experiences. These can be read at engc.org.uk/case-studies
In 2016, supporters have been encouraged to organise events and activities highlighting this year’s theme, “an Apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and Apprenticeships.
More information on what events are taking place as part of the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week is available on an online events map at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2016. There is also an opportunity for businesses to share their Apprenticeship vacancies on a Pledge-o-meter, as well as toolkits, key facts and quizzes.
The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, which is part of the Skills Funding Agency, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to fund skills training for further education in England. It supports over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year. The National Apprenticeship Service co-ordinates and promotes the delivery of Apprenticeships in England.