Apprenticeship Week has nothing to do with Lord Alan Sugar and his band of business wannabies, this is a week to celebrate the nations apprentices and to inspire thousands of young people to take up an apprenticeship in the future.
This year’s Apprenticeship Week takes place 7th to 11th February and will see events run right across the country to highlight the high level of skill that British apprentices obtain. The events will include employer networking opportunities as well as the culmination of the 100 apprentices in 100 days scheme which has seen regions across the country try to attract 100 young people in to apprenticeships and 100 days.
Semta, the skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, are supporting this years Apprenticeship Week.
Last years Apprenticeship Week saw employers and youth organisation up and down the country hosting a number of events. The likes of the NHS and other large employers took part showcasing potential opportunities for young people as well as smaller local firms who are great supporters of the scheme. Leading figures from the world of business and politics, such as Ken Livingstone, also gave talks about the importance of apprentices to the UK economy and the wealth of talent we have in this country.
Local colleges too are showing their support for apprentices in their area. The like of Northampton College who provide apprenticeships in Northampton offer a wide range of course to choose with everything from Accounting to vehicle repair covered. Apprenticeship are seen by many as a great way for young people to learn valuable skills that employers are looking for. Such skills will make employment opportunities that much easier in the future.