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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

CMS Vocational Training Hadyn Luke posted this on Wednesday 13th of March 2019 Hadyn Luke 13/03/2019

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

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.

The 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 apprentice.

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 for everyone.”

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.

What 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 employers.

How 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:

For 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.

For 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.