A Look Back At NAW 2014: The Biggest Success So Far

The National Apprenticeship Service has expressed its gratitude to all the people andATG_apprentice_130314 organisations that helped make National Apprenticeship Week 2014 a resounding success. The seventh annual celebration ran under the theme “Great Apprenticeships,” with more than 1,100 events showcasing the benefits of apprenticeships for businesses, individuals and the national economy.

Skills Funding Agency chief executive Barbara Spicer said that NAW 2014 had turned into the most successful one so far. It highlighted the extraordinary achievements of both apprentices and employers and provided inspiration for more people and organisations. In a clear sign that apprenticeships are steadily growing in popularity, NAW 2014 wrapped up with the promise of more than 20,000 new apprentice positions. Compared to the commitments made last year, this represents an increase of over 40%. Even more encouraging is the fact that 47% of these positions were pledged by small and medium-sized enterprises.

Through social networks, Twitter in particular, word of NAW 2014 was spread by a number of very high-profile individuals. The campaign received more than 57,000 mentions on Twitter, getting support from the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

In a fitting finale for the grand celebration, the last day of NAW 2014 saw the Royal Opera House in London become the stage for the International Apprenticeships Conference. The aim of this event was to discuss the future of apprenticeships and to exchange ideas. Given the increasingly globalised economy, the participants examined trends unfolding on a global scale, with discussions centred on worldwide developments and apprenticeship opportunities created in emerging economies.

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NAW 2014 Starts On Monday

Over the course of next week the UK will be celebrating apprenticeships and their ATG_NAW2014_270214immense contribution to companies, individuals and the overall economy. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will run between 3rd and 7th March and will recognise the best among apprentices and employers, at the same time seeking to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of apprenticeships.

This will be seventh year of NAW and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) aims to achieve several things through a host of events. One objective is to raise awareness about apprenticeships and promote demand for them. And since inspiration often comes from great role models, the NAW will highlight the achievements of apprentices and employers through its annual awards. They will draw attention to the talent and skills of apprentices and their contribution to company successes. The NAS also aims to promote all levels of apprenticeships, including traineeships.

NAW 2014 will run under the theme “Great Apprenticeships.” As the NAS points out, apprentices help build “Great Businesses”, while apprenticeships create “Great Prospects.” This year’s theme reflects a desire to demonstrate that apprenticeships benefit both employers and their young trainees, opening up opportunities for business growth and career advancement.

Support from the media is particularly important for spreading the apprenticeship message. Wide media coverage will make it possible to reach more businesses and students and educate them about the benefits of apprenticeships. In addition, it will help get the word to teachers and parents, whose support is of tremendous importance for young people when they make decisions about their future.

Thames Valley based ATG Training has supported National Apprenticeship Week since its inception and next week will be at events in Oxford, Banbury, Northampton and Witney, to provide appropriate support and guidance to employers and students.

Look out for the hash tag #NAW2014 on social media platforms for news as it happens.

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BAE’s Apprenticeship Intake Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

Over the course of this week, hundreds of events around England will pay tribute to apprenticeships and their invaluable contribution to the economy. Employers, training providers and apprentices are coming together to celebrate the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, showcasing the importance and benefits of apprenticeships for all parties involved. One UK company that considers apprenticeships vital for its future is aerospace and defence giant BAE Systems, which has expanded its trainee recruitment programme this year by 60 positions, bringing the number of its UK engineering and business apprentices to 387.

This makes 2013 the biggest year for apprenticeship intake at BAE since 2008. Nearly 10% of the newly recruited trainees will undertake the five-year Higher Apprentice Programme, seizing an opportunity to combine hands-on training with free study for degree-level qualifications.

Apprentice training is at the heart of the company’s Skills 2020 programme, which reflects BAE’s commitment to securing the talent it needs to operate competitively and successfully in its home market until and beyond 2020. In the UK alone, BAE allocates about £80 million annually for educational activities, partnerships with training providers and development initiatives for its employees.

According to Nigel Whitehead, group managing director at BAE, the company’s ongoing commitment to its apprenticeship programme indicates the sustainable nature of BAE’s UK operations and the success it has achieved in shaping the future BAE workforce. The company offers its young recruits the chance to train on the job and pursue academic studies without the burden of fee-incurred debts. This combination has proved a powerful motivator for apprentices to remain part of the BAE family, Whitehead added.

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