National Apprenticeship Week 2016
National Apprenticeship Week 2016 will run from 14 to 18 March 2016. The overarching theme for this year is ‘Rise to the top!’, focusing on progression and opportunity as a way to showcase the rich and diverse apprenticeship offer, from traineeships right through to higher and degree apprenticeships.
What is National Apprenticeship Week?
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
The week’s aim is to increase awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships by:
- Promoting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) apprenticeships – highlighting the support available and why offering an apprenticeship or traineeship is easier than small businesses may think.
- Celebrating apprenticeships, especially higher and degree apprenticeships, by focussing on the positive economic impact and showing how they offer a new work-based route into professions that have traditionally been the preserve of graduates.
The , an online tool for businesses to in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week is now live. The Pledge-o-meter is designed to record the commitments employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now and until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016. Last year businesses pledged 23,000 apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week, an increase from 20,000 the previous year. This year NAS want to encourage even more businesses to share their pledges using the online Pledge-o-meter.
The RMI’s provider of apprenticeship training, Remit Training, specialises in delivering automotive apprenticeships to help young people develop their skills and further their career. They currently offer the following programmes within the automotive sector:
- Light Vehicle Technician
- Heavy Vehicle Technician
- Vehicle Body Repair Technician
- Vehicle Paint Technician
- Vehicle Parts Consultant
- Mechanical and Electrical Trim
The Remit team will be working with independent garages to create 100 apprenticeship opportunities in 100 days. They are aiming to reach this goal by organising a variety of events, creating videos with current apprentices and employers and by hosting some fantastic competitions throughout National Apprenticeship Week.
Remit will be joining the #RiseToTheTop web campaign created by the National Apprenticeship Service to further celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on young people and businesses.
The National Apprenticeship Service offer the AGE grant to support businesses who wish to take on an apprentice depending on your eligibility.
Apprenticeships bridge any skills gaps’ within your business and provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future.
shares key information and facts about the benefits of apprenticeships, top things you can do to promote apprenticeships in your local area and on social media, event and activity ideas, and supporting resources and tools.
Find out more:
- Have a look at the videos on the National Apprenticeship Service
- Follow National Apprenticeship Service on and
- Visit the for useful Government links relating to employing an apprentice
About the National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the Skills Funding Agency, which is an executive agency sponsored by BIS to fund skills training for further education (FE) in England. They support over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year, and co-ordinate and promote the delivery of apprenticeships in England.