National Apprenticeship Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of apprenticeships. An apprenticeship mixes on the job training with classroom learning. They provide you with skills in your chosen career that will also benefit your future as well as nationally recognised qualifications.
Often considered to be an option for school leavers apprenticeships are for people of all ages. Changes to the way they are funded has enabled adults to become apprentices. Anyone is now able to do an apprenticeship even if they have a degree, as long as the apprenticeship is in a different subject. Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal, all at different levels.
After completing the apprenticeship, seven in ten apprentices (77%) stay with the same employer and can progress further in the company. The 2015/16 figures show that 224,100 people aged 25 and started an apprenticeship, which is 44% of all apprenticeship starts. People aged 19-24 accounted for 30% (153,860) and 26% of apprenticeship starts were under 19s (131,420).
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week the National Careers Service in the South West, delivered by Prospects, the employment, education, skills and care company, had an Apprenticeship Bus Roadshow stopping at; Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. The double decker bus featured National Careers Service advisers and managers who were able to sign individuals up to the Find an Apprenticeship website and give advice on apprenticeships and finding the route best suited to you.
The National Careers Service met more people than they hoped for and exceeded their own targets with three days to go. Hundreds of people came on board to register on the Find an Apprenticeship website and have a chat with a careers adviser.
The National Careers Service was supported by colleges, employers as well as training providers, from organisations like; Acacia Training, Yeovil College, Taunton Jobcentre, South West Highways and many more.
People of all ages were inspired to consider apprenticeships, including a 65 year old who was interested in Horticultural apprenticeships.
Jo Skeel from Prospects, who was part of the team on the bus said: “I love National Apprenticeship Week, it’s a great way to raise awareness of apprenticeships.”
Prospects employ 13 full time apprentices in a range of departments and are currently recruiting in the South West.