National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is an annual
celebration of the benefits that apprenticeships can bring to individuals,
employers and the economy.
The five-day initiative, which this year runs from 4-8
March, is now in its 12th year. The aim of NAW is to inspire more young people
to take up an apprenticeship after they leave school or college. NAW also
promotes the positive impact of apprenticeships and encourages employers to
consider taking on an apprentice.
CMS has been facilitating and promoting
apprenticeships for many years and has provided opportunities for apprentices
in a wide range of placements, from business administration, IT and accounting
to the fitness industry.
theme for 2019
This year’s theme is Blaze a Trail. The theme aims to change perceptions, both of what
is involved in an apprenticeship and the type of person who might become an
The delivery of apprenticeships is co-ordinated and
promoted by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in the Government’s
Department of Education (DfE).
Anne Milton, the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister,
said of the theme: “Blazing a trail is what being an apprentice is all about
and will be our theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019. Because that’s
what’s happening up and down the country – apprentices and employers blazing a
trail. I want everyone to recognise the change that apprenticeships can bring –
for employers blazing a trail to new markets, apprentices to new career
opportunities and for colleges and training providers raising the skills levels
Apprentices today range widely in age and come from
all kinds of different backgrounds. NAW also aims to showcase the quality of
apprenticeships on offer, including higher level courses that provide a viable
alternative to university study.
will happen during National Apprenticeship Week?
As well as media coverage about apprenticeships, there
will be a number of events and activities taking place across the UK. There
will also be links to information and activity posted on social media.
More information on these can be found on the
Apprenticeship Events Map at: https://nawevents.co.uk/
In 2018, there were 780 events taking place across
England with more than 300 schools hosting talks to students and a further 130
schools hosting teacher-to-teacher talks. There was also live video streaming
of films about the career path of apprentices and the experiences of their
can I find out more?
Join in the conversation by following @Apprenticeships
on Twitter and the National Apprenticeship
Service on LinkedIn.
The Government’s website: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
has information on the following:
apprentices – the path into taking an apprenticeship, the kind of
qualifications required, the range of opportunities available and the potential
career paths they can lead to.
employers – the benefits of apprenticeships for your
organisation, the process of employing an apprentice and the funding available
to support you.
Finally, you can also read our case studies about apprentices studying a wide range of subjects from Leadership and Management to HR and from Doctors’ Surgeries to Early Years Education, while employers can find out about Apprenticeship Grants for Employers and 5 Employer Benefits of Apprenticeships.