National Apprenticeship Week takes place on from the 9th to the 13th March 2015. With the UK skills gap widening, more Apprentices are needed. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is all about encouraging more small businesses to take on apprentices as well as promoting the wide range of apprenticeships that are on offer, including those at higher level and within blue chip companies. The week is also a celebration of apprenticeships and the level of success that learners can achieve and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the UK economy. This will be shown with statistics and case studies from the National Apprenticeship Service (the government body organising NAW).Back to Insights
Did you know?
- 1,000 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards
- There are 1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries
- The government invested £1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 to 2014
- Businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices
Key FactsSME’s – What you should know
- There is amazing support available to businesses nationally, such as the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)
- Businesses can also access mentoring and support from other businesses through the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network and the ApprenticeMakers community
- SMEs are central to apprenticeship reforms, such as their involvement in setting new apprenticeship standards known as “Trailblazers”.
- Like, follow and share “Apprenticeships” on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
- Join ApprenticeMakers and share, learn and inspire other employers
- Ask your apprentices to send a picture for our Pinterest “selfie” map
- Arrange a “Made by apprentices” open day at your premises for visitors
- Invite a teacher and some year 9-11 pupils from a local school to job shadow some of your apprentices in the workplace.