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Apprenticeships: National Apprenticeship Week

CMS Vocational Training Hadyn Luke posted this on Thursday 10th of March 2016 Hadyn Luke 10/03/2016

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Apprenticeships: National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

In previous blogs we have talked about Five keys benefits of apprenticeships for employersasked Are all apprenticeship providers the same? and discussed Apprenticeship Grants for Employers.

This week we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016), designed to celebrate the benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships for those who take them, as well as for employers and the wider economy.


NAW 2016 runs from 14-18 March.

Aims and objectives of NAW

To raise awareness of apprenticeships and trainees; promote the available support for businesses that are considering offering apprenticeships, including small businesses; celebrate the positive economic impact of apprenticeships; and show how they can help provide access to jobs traditionally requiring university degrees.

This year’s NAW theme

The theme of NAW for 2016 is “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”.

The focus is on some of the higher skills that can help young people achieve great things in later life.

High achievers who followed an apprenticeship in their early lives include:

  • Laurence Graff – billionaire boss of Graff Diamonds
  • Karen Millen – fashion designer who started her own clothes chain
  • Sir George Buckley – Sheffield-born former head of US multinational 3M

Apprenticeships offer opportunities to progress to a rewarding career. There is a rich and diverse range on offer, including 75 higher and degree apprenticeships, ranging from roles in accountancy, management, health &fitness, personal training and business service skills. More are currently in development; these include foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees.

At present, around 19% of advanced apprentices progress to higher education.

A few statistics

Apprenticeships are on the up as more and more individuals and employers discover the benefits:

  • Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, in more than 170 industries
  • Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time
  • 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England during the last parliament
  • 871,800 funded apprentices in 2014/15
  • 19,400 traineeships started between 2014 and 2015
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship
  • £1,559,771 invested by government in apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year
  • 194 apprenticeship standards have been published; more than 60 are for higher and degree apprenticeships

When it comes to higher level apprenticeships:

  • Increased earnings are estimated at up to £150,000 over the apprentice’s lifetime
  • Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships deliver respectively £26 and £28 of economic benefits for each pound of government investment (research published June 2015)


As well as providing free advice and support, The National Apprenticeship Service has plenty of resources on its website:


These include toolkits with ideas for events and activities, downloadable branded resources for communications, marketing collateral and social media guidance.

Alternatively, if you want to enquire about enrolling as an apprentice, or employing an apprentice to grow your business, feel free to contact one of the CMS team on 01924 470477.

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