The awareness week, which is run by the National Apprenticeships Service, aims to celebrate and raise awareness of traineeships and apprenticeships and the benefits that they can provide for individuals on the courses, the businesses holding them and the economy.
Every year the awareness week grows in popularity throughout England – National Apprenticeship Week 2015 was a massive success. Events that took place included ones that were aimed at recruiting apprentices, interactive career events, and business events that encouraged more companies to recruit apprentices.
For events this year, supporters have been organising activities surrounding the theme ‘Rise to the top’.
To do this, the National Apprenticeship Service wants businesses to celebrate and raise awareness of the benefits that apprenticeships can bring, to both the individual undertaking them (career prospects and educational aspirations) and the businesses themselves.
Here are just a few key facts about apprenticeships:
- There were over 1.5 million online applications for apprenticeships in 2014 to 2015.
- There are around 1500 job roles in over 170 industries that offer apprenticeships. This ranges from youth work to advertising and from legal to environmental engineering.
- Over 1300 employers are involved in creating new apprenticeship standards.
- 194 apprenticeship standards have been published, with over 60 of them being degree and higher apprenticeships.
- Participation in apprenticeships has been at the highest level it’s even been. Over 870,000 funded individuals were on apprenticeships in the 2014/2015 academic year.
- 10% of advanced apprentices progress to high education study.
- After individuals finish their apprenticeships, the majority (90%) will stay in employment, with seven in 10 staying with their employer.