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National Apprenticeship Week Mar 14-18

29th February 2016 By Kevin Barber in Help young people into work

National Apprenticeship Week runs from the 14th to the 18th of March, and all over the country businesses, schools, colleges and training organisations will be holding events and hosting activities.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The key themes for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 are: “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

An online tool for businesses to share their apprenticeship and traineeship pledges in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week is now live.

The Pledge-o-meter is designed to record the commitments employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now and until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.This year the Week will celebrate how apprenticeships can help individuals and businesses plan and achieve their ambitions of ‘rising to the top’. Activity will showcase apprenticeship progression and opportunity by demonstrating the diverse apprenticeship offer, from traineeships right through to higher and degree apprenticeships.

Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Pledge-o-meter has been developed by a team that includes two apprentices, Luke and Jordan, and encourages employers to publicly share their new commitments to taking on more apprentices and trainees.

Last year businesses pledged 23,000 apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week, an increase from 20,000 the previous year. This year we want to encourage even more businesses to share their pledges using our online Pledge-o-meter.

We are using our online events map to track all of this exciting activity so you can see what is happening near you. If you are running an event for National Apprenticeship Week, please submit information using our online form so that we can include it on the map and let everyone else know what you are doing.

Events map

You can find ideas on how to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week 2016, including toolkits for employers and partners on GOV.UK.


Kevin Barber
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Kevin Barber

Trading for Good East of England. Helping small businesses strengthen their reputation and grow by showcasing the good work that they do in their communities.

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