The 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) runs from March 6 – 10, with events being staged across the country to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeship programmes and to offer advice to employers.
Schools, colleges, universities and various other organisations are to host open days and information sessions throughout the week, with events also scheduled to celebrate businesses that have supported the scheme.
Businesses as encouraged to support NAW through social media using #NAW2017. The various events are an opportunity to showcase individual stories as well as learn more about apprenticeships, for both young people and employers. An online events map is available at nawevents.co.uk.
Salon owner Tamara Mowry of Palm Court, Manchester has been using apprentices for over five years and agrees on the benefits they can have for independent businesses.
She said: “None of the staff I have taken on outside of apprentices are as skilled and flexible as they are. Mostly because they benefit from on the job training, they know my salon, know how I work, and they have built trust with my regular clients which is so beneficial in this industry.”
A recent survey by the Learning Skills Council claimed that employing apprentices increased the overall productivity of companies by 81 per cent, while 66 per cent claimed that apprentices helped them become more competitive in their industry.
A change in the way apprenticeships are funded will come into effect across all businesses from May – more information can be found on their website.
Written by George Pickering