National Apprenticeship Week is this week...an opportunity for industry stakeholders and employers – alongside training providers like ourselves – to celebrate apprenticeships and their positive impact on organisations across England.
Last year was a record-breaking week with 780 events staged across the country and #NAW2018 trending on Twitter ahead of the Oscars.
This year the collective goal for the week, which runs from 4 to 8 March, is to shift awareness of apprenticeships into action, encouraging more employers to start their own apprenticeship programmes and more people across the country to consider starting an apprenticeship.
The theme is ‘Blaze a Trail’ and the Government is calling on employers to take the lead and showcase how apprenticeships bring new energy into their business.
At Riverside Training we offer a host of apprenticeships from childcare and teaching to digital marketing, business management, customer service and accountancy.
To date we have trained thousands of apprentices who have gone on to carve out successful careers.
National Apprenticeship Week follows hot on the heels of the Government's Fire it Up campaign launch, raising awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for all ages and backgrounds.
Aiming to 'shift deeply held views' on apprenticeship, it promotes the benefits to young people, parents and employers through a series of national TV and social media adverts featuring real-life apprentices.
A new website provides advice and guidance, alongside access to a variety of apprenticeships options.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds commented: "The sad truth is that outdated and snobby attitudes are still putting people off apprenticeships which means they’re missing out on great jobs and higher salaries – many of them in the sorts of firms graduates look to land jobs with after university.
"Anyone considering an apprenticeship can be reassured that it offers high-quality training and a range of exciting career options. The new apprenticeships, known as ‘standards’, have been developed in collaboration with leading firms to ensure they provide people with the skills and knowledge that they are looking for in job hunters."
Apprentices earn while they learn and can expect to receive around 700 training hours on average – up from 560 hours in 2018.
Analysis has highlighted the positive benefits apprenticeships are bringing to individuals and workplaces across the country, dispelling the myth that a traditional academic route is the only path to a good job.
According to a recent survey by the Sutton Trust, more young people are considering apprenticeships as an option after leaving school. Almost two thirds (64%) said they would be interested in an apprenticeship instead of going to university. This is a rise of nine percentage points from 2014.
An impressive 96% of employers with apprentices say they have experienced at least one benefit of taking on apprentices, and most can count at least eight benefits.
Employers report improved productivity (78%) and product or service quality (74%) as well as the new ideas apprentices bring to their organisation (65%). 83% would recommend apprentices to other businesses.
As for apprentices themselves, nearly three-quarters (71%) agreed their chances of earning a higher wage in future had increased and 80% agreed their chances of going on to higher levels of training had also increased. Of those who completed an apprenticeship, 90% secured a job or went on to further learning, with 88% in sustained employment.
- To start your apprenticeship journey, visit our website or by calling us on 01775 710945.