National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today. We’ll be bringing you a series of informative, interesting and hopefully inspiring features and news stories to mark the occasion. But first: what is it all about?
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
This year NAW, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is all about:
- Getting more small businesses to take on apprentices
- Promoting the range and breadth of apprenticeships on offer, including at Higher level and in blue chip companies
- Celebrating apprenticeships and the level of success that learners can achieve
Here are some surprising facts about apprenticeships:
- 1,000 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards
- There are 1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries
- The government invested £1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 to 2014
- Businesses see an increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices
If you were impressed by any of those points then keep checking out our News section all week: we’ll be bringing you the essential edit for NAW 2015.
- What University? & What Career? Live is back! Top 5 tips to make the most of your day
- Government funding to boost Degree Apprenticeships
- The North is beating the South in apprenticeship numbers
- Dozens of firms to embrace legal apprenticeships when levy is introduced
- Why you should consider an engineering apprenticeship
- GCSE results 2015: English & maths improve while A* grades drop
- Only 15% of students think university is good value for money
- More Women in ‘Male’ Apprenticeships Could Narrow Gender Pay Gap
- GCSE results 2016: teenagers face an ‘information overload’ when it comes to career choices, says new report
- New scheme launched to link up business people with schools