National Apprenticeship Week 2016: 14th to 18th March

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With National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) just around the corner, we thought we’d give you an overview of what an Apprentice really is, and how the training schemes that NAW promotes pump capital back into the UK economy every single year.

National Apprenticeship Week is a government initiative that is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and their positive impact on companies, individuals and the global economy. Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to spread the word about the far-reaching benefits of apprenticeships.

For events in your area, have a look at this handy map: (

Part of the larger National Apprenticeship Service body, the scheme gives over £4bn of funding to colleges, training institutions and employers each year.

This year’s NAW theme is “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, and looks at the higher skills younger people can achieve, and how this benefits their employers. More information on the Employer benefits, among other things, can be found here.

And if you’re looking to join an apprenticeship scheme, this is the best time to do so. Figures show that apprenticeship participation is currently at a record high, and stood at 871,800 funded apprentices in England for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. Read below for more NAW facts.

  • Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time. To find out more about Opus Energy’s apprenticeship programme, please click here.
  • There were 1,583,669 on-line applications in 2014 to 2015.
  • Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal.
  • More than 1,300 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships standards.
  • 194 apprenticeship standards have been published so far, of which over 60 are higher and degree apprenticeships.
  • Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 89% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
  • There are currently 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) will stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer. Read about one of our first apprentices, Alice, and find out how she’s getting on now.
  • 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
  • 84% of providers and 94% of employers consider traineeships an effective way of increasing young people’s chances of finding paid jobs and apprenticeships.

If you’d like to find out more about National Apprenticeship Week and the wonderful benefits it presents, visit the attributed site, here.