As the tenth National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, Greater Manchester’s largest apprenticeship provider has set out its plans for a series of events and activities designed to raise awareness of apprenticeships with both young people and employers.  The Skills Company is embracing the theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 which is ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, focusing on the progression opportunities from apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6th to 10th March and is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.  It’s designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.

Among the Skills Company activities taking place during the week are:

  • A video competition, where current apprentices can post a video about their apprenticeship experience and win a gift voucher
  • A training event to prepare apprentice ambassadors to spread the word about apprenticeships in schools and at careers events
  • 23 events at schools across Greater Manchester raising the awareness of hundreds of pupils about the opportunities that apprenticeships can provide
  • The launch of a series of digital open events which will help to connect young people and employers in order to increase the aspirations of the students, and make them aware of the diverse range of careers that are available to them
  • A work experience opportunity for two current apprentices with Ivan Lewis, the MP for Bury South and former Skills Minister, where they will learn about the operation of an MP’s constituency office

Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of The Skills Company said:  “National Apprenticeship Week is crucial in raising the awareness of young people, employers and the wider community about the benefits of apprenticeships.  Those completing a higher apprenticeship can see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their working life, and apprenticeships have been shown to boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week.*

“The theme this year is about progression, and we really need to get across the message that an apprenticeship can be the key to unlocking the potential of young people and presenting them with opportunities to progress to the highest level they are capable of.  Already, nearly 20% of advanced apprentices progress to higher education after their apprenticeship, often on part time courses and with the support of their employer, and that percentage is increasing all the time.”