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National Apprenticeship Week 2016

National Apprenticeship Week 2016

26 February 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.

Get Involved

The Pledge-o-meter

The Pledge-o-meter, an online tool for businesses to share their apprenticeship and traineeship pledges 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.

Create new talent in the automotive industry with Remit

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.

National Apprenticeship Week Event Map

If you are running an event for National Apprenticeship Week, submit your information using the online form so that NAS can include it on their online events map.

Toolkits to help support National Apprenticeship Week 2016

The Apprenticeships Toolkit for employers, apprentices and MPs 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.

If you are planning on putting on an events, you can find templates for invitations, press releases and more here.

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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.