National Apprenticeship Week 2015 Launches Today

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?

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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.

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