National Apprenticeship Week 11-15 March 2013

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The sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 11-15 March 2013 and looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2012 was a phenomenal success, with more than 800 events and activities on offer. These ranged from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential apprentices.

A national calendar of events is available on the Apprenticeships website, so you can find out what is happening in your local area.

A huge range of organisations support National Apprenticeship Week by organising activities, including employers, business and education organisations, learning providers, colleges and schools.

This year, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activity around the theme ‘Apprenticeships Deliver’ – showcasing the benefits high quality Apprenticeships deliver for apprentices and their employers.

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: ‘We hope this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will be the biggest yet, showcasing the excellent work delivered by apprentices in businesses and organisations around the country and the first rate training they receive.

Apprenticeships help young people develop high quality, highly sought-after skills, improving their prospects while boosting an organisation’s bottom line.

And currently small and medium-sized companies can also benefit from a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers when they recruit their first apprentice, so there has never been a better time to get involved.

At any one time there are up to 15,000 vacancies advertised on the Apprenticeships website in a variety of careers and industries across England.

If you are considering an Apprenticeship as an option you can search on the Apprenticeship vacancy website by postcode, sector, framework or keyword. You can also register and set up text and email alerts to keep up to date about any new vacancies that may interest you. To start searching for Apprenticeship job vacancies, log on to the website and click ‘Search for vacancies.’

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