National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), from 11th-15th March 2013, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they can have on individuals and businesses. The aim of NAW is to raise the profile of Apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media.

The theme of this year’s NAW is ‘Apprenticeships Deliver’. NAW wants to demonstrate how Apprenticeships can deliver for both employers and individuals and show how they can make a huge contribution to employers’ success.

The profile of Apprenticeshipss has been very prominent in the news across the UK.

Skills Development Scotland has published a new report stating that Modern Apprenticeships lead to longer-term employment, greater confidence and improved job prospects.

Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister, described these results as showing the “positive ripple effect” of Modern Apprenticeships and helping to create new opportunities for a whole generation.

The key findings from the report show that
• 92% of those who completed their Modern Apprenticeship are still in a job six months later
• 87% were satisfied with their training
• 80% felt more confident in their abilities
• 68% felt they had better long-term prospects
• 67% had moved into a post with increased responsibilities or with improved pay.

To read more about this report, please click here.

The UK Government has reported that Apprenticeships starts have almost doubled in the past two years. There has been an 86% increase in the number of Apprenticeship starts in 2011/2012 over the figures for 2009/2010, with the number now reaching 520,600.

Engineering apprenticeships have seen the largest increase of 21.5%, up to 59,480.

Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary said, “I am pleased to see the number of people studying engineering. We have a massive shortage of engineering skills in this country and we need even more to support manufacturing, exports and infrastructure.”

The growth in the number of Higher Apprenticeships has also been strong, increasing by 67.6%.

The Higher Apprenticeship Fund was launched in 2011 when 29 projects were awarded funding to develop and implement Higher Apprenticeship frameworks in a number of occupational areas such as engineering, law and accountancy.

Higher Apprenticeships are at levels 4 and 5, which are equal to Higher Education Certificate and foundation degree levels; level 6, equivalent to bachelor degree level; and level 7, equivalent to master’s degree level.

“This big increase in Higher Apprenticeships is giving people the opportunity to follow work-based pathways into professional careers, while earning. This is a result of our determination to put vocational education on a par with academic learning.” Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary.

To read more, please click here.

With CASCAiD programs, students can explore different educational pathways to decide which route is best for them to help reach their career goals.

Detailed Apprenticeships information, including videos, case studies and in-depth articles, is available within Careerscape to help students gain an insight into Apprenticeships.

To find out more about using CASCAiD programs with National Apprenticeship Week, please click here.

At CASCAiD we have recently been joined by a new IT apprentice, please click here to read his interview.

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