This year the prestigious National Apprenticeship Week will run between the 5th of February to the 11th of February.
What is National Apprenticeship week 2024?
NAW is a week-long celebration that unites businesses and apprentices nationwide to highlight the beneficial influence that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses, and the broader economy. NAW is arguably the biggest event in the apprenticeship calendar!
This year's theme is skills for life, Apprenticeships play a crucial role in the development of individuals' skills and knowledge necessary for a fulfilling career, while also enabling employers to cultivate a workforce equipped with skills that are future-proof.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend 205 of their working hours, completing classroom based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship includes:
paid employment with holiday leave
Hands on experience in a sector of interest
at least 205 off-the-job training
Formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
The Schedule for this Week
Monday 5th February 2024- Apprenticeships for All
Apprenticeship are open to all. All ages. All sectors. All levels. All backgrounds. Apprenticeships develop people with the skills employers need and benefit the economy. They provide a route into successful and fulfilling careers.
Tuesday 6th February- Employer Tuesday
Shout about your apprentices and the apprenticeships you deliver. Showcase what makes you a great employer and display the range of apprenticeship options available.
Wednesday 7th February 2024- Apprentice Wednesday
Tell your apprenticeship story and journey. Promote what is possible to achieve through doing an apprenticeship. Apprentices...this is your time to shine!
Thursday 8th February 2024- T Level Thursday
T Level Thursday will include everything there is to know about T Levels. Share the experiences of employers, training providers, parents and students to celebrate T Level success! T Level Thursday will include everything there is to know about T Levels. Share the experiences of employers, training providers, parents and students to celebrate T Level success!
Friday 9th February 2024- Celebration Friday
Host a graduation or celebration ceremony, share images and videos from the day on social media using the hashtag #NAW2024. Showcase the talent, success, and the remarkable accomplishments created by apprenticeships. Explain how apprenticeships help change lives and offer a great opportunity to gain the skills needed to be a success.
Saturday 10th February & Sunday 11th February 2024- NAW Weekender
Selfie and celebrate’ the week – show what have you done this past NAW 2024! Get posting on all social media platforms. Plan your event or get involved in events over the weekend!
In 2023, over 1,300 stakeholder, employer, training provider and school events took place over National Apprenticeship Week
How can you get involved in National Apprenticeship Week 2024?
Join in on Social Media- Help your followers and everyone engaging with apprenticeships to see how they have developed your career. Use it as an opportunity to showcase the brilliant work you are doing to a wider audience! Direct people to apprenticeships.gov.uk to find out more, and tag @Apprenticeships on Twitter (X) and LinkedIn and use #NAW2024 in your posts!
Encourage others to consider apprenticeships- Encourage the young people and adults that you work with to explore and be inspired by the wide range of apprenticeships available. They can register and search online for apprenticeship vacancies using Find an apprenticeship.
Attend an Apprenticeship Fair- Reach out to your local universities, colleges, job centres, councils and MPs to see if any jobs fairs are scheduled during NAW that you can take part in.
Create Social Video Content- We are encouraging employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions to create short video content which you can share on social media channels. This isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds and can easily be recorded (and edited) using a smartphone.
Here is a short video going through a day in the life of a Business Admin Apprentice. Video created by UCAS
Some useful Links
Apprenticeships website: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
Find an apprenticeship: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
National Apprenticeship Week Website: https://naw.appawards.co.uk/
National Apprenticeship Week Toolkit: https://naw.appawards.co.uk/toolkit
National Apprenticeship Week Resources: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/naw/?utm_source=DfE&utm_medium=NAW+pg&utm_campaign=NAW2024_toolkit?
Employing an apprentice guide: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/the-road-to-a-quality-apprenticeship