National Apprenticeship Week 2016 will take place between March 14 and 18, with hundreds of events and activities taking place across England.
The week, organised by the Skills Funding Agency, will celebrate how apprenticeships can help individuals and businesses plan and achieve their ambitions of ‘rising to the top’, while demonstrating the diverse apprenticeship offer, from traineeships right through to higher and degree apprenticeships.
Companies are being asked to pledge their commitment to apprenticeships and traineeships, by engaging with the online Pledge-O-Meter. Last year, a similar initiative tool secured the commitment of 23,000 apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week 2015.
Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Last year’s National Apprenticeship Week saw some tremendous achievements, but I want [2016’s] National Apprenticeship Week to be the best yet. I am looking forward to once again raising the profile of apprenticeships and traineeships and celebrating the important role they play in equipping people of all ages with the skills that they need to prosper in their lives.”
Work-based learning provider network Newcastle UXL will be holding an apprenticeship roadshow across Apprenticeship Week. It will be visiting secondary school and academies in North East and offering presentations, mini apprenticeship fairs, careers fairs and parents’ evenings for young people across year groups 11, 12 and 13.
Employer Engagement Network Breakfast Meeting
Stockton Borough Council Learning and Skills Service will be hosting an employer information session regarding apprenticeships and what is on offer via Stockton Borough Council’s Learning and Skills Service. Year 11 pupils will then join the event to meet with employers and managers from SBC to look at apprenticeship opportunities within their organisations.
Apprenticeship Information Session
Springboard Sunderland will be holding an open evening on March 15 to provide more information to young people, parents and employees about traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities in the North East.
Work Discovery Sunderland Retail Sector Day
In partnership with Skills Shop (from Monumental Training’s National Skills Academy for Retail) and Bridges Sunderland, this day event will take students through a carousel of activities all focused on the retail sector. It will include promoting progression opportunities in the sector and will, of course, include apprenticeships.
March 17, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Construction Careers Event
Jointly arranged and promoted by CITB, National Careers Service and Newcastle City Council, this event at Newcastle City Library will provide opportunities for young people to find out more about jobs in construction.
March 17, 2pm-4pm
Get Digital North East
Creative North be holding an apprenticeship fair at CastleGate in Newcastle for young job seekers looking for a career in the digital media and create sectors. Find out more about working in web, software, graphic design, gaming, film and television, and hand out your CV to representatives of the North East’s top creative and digital media companies.