Success for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

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New apprenticeship places are being created up and down the UK

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 has been hailed a resounding success by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Held earlier this month from March 14th to 18th, the week was part of a national initiative to drive awareness surrounding the benefits of apprenticeship programmes among young people and businesses, with the efforts of participants up and down the country having paid off this year.

Overall, the BIS reported that employers across the UK pledged to create a total of 30,084 new apprenticeship positions within the coming year as part of 2016's National Apprenticeship Week activities.

This marks a considerable upturn from the around 23,000 positions that were pledged in 2015.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: "This week I've travelled the country meeting apprentices doing the most incredible jobs, from cooking mussels at Rick Stein's restaurant to fixing helicopters for the Royal Navy.

"Apprenticeships offer working people the jobs and training they need to build a great career. An apprenticeship really can take you anywhere."

Some of the standout results from this year's National Apprenticeship Week included:

  • Greene King committing to hiring 10,000 apprentices (up from 2,000 in 2015).
  • BT pledging a further 1,000 apprenticeship places this year.
  • Microsoft and partners announcing plans to recruit 4,500 apprentices.

In addition, hundreds of business of all sizes pledged their support to the programme, such as BMW, Addleshaw Goddard, British Airways, Prezzo, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, to name just a few.

Developing the next generation of skilled professionals is an important part of current efforts to bolster apprenticeship numbers across the UK, as skills shortages continue to impact many industries and need to be addressed if the nation is to continue to prosper in the years ahead.