Get ready for National Apprenticeship Week 2023

This years National Apprenticeship Week is taking place from6-12th February 2023—employers should take notice 

The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Skills for Life’; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and for employers to develop a workforce with future-ready skills. 

The 16th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase the positive impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses, and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships. 

As an employer of apprentices, National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and promote your apprenticeships across England, helping your company gain a regional and national profile. 

You can highlight the benefits of apprenticeships and the connected skills they offer, showcasing progression opportunities available, any exciting new occupational standards associated with your industry and lots more. 


We already know that apprenticeships are the future of business success, helping to build careers, supporting job creation and economic growth. 

Now is the perfect time to share your knowledge and opportunities available to students, parents and schools. 

Use the week to your advantage and highlight the many successes that your apprenticeships programme has, demonstrating how apprenticeships are contributing towards the wider government agenda, and to facilitate a coordinated national celebration of apprenticeships across the education, skills, and business sectors. 


If you are an employer interested in taking on apprentices, see below our guide to some of the events taking place in February: 


The ultimate guide to apprenticeships for employers 

7th February 12.30pm-1.30pm, online 

Navigating apprenticeships is a difficult task. With so many variations around, it can be hard to understand which apprenticeship is best for your team members. So here is an ultimate guide to navigating apprenticeships for employers. 

The organisers will be discussing the whole process, from what an apprenticeship actually is, the requirements of employers and how School of Marketing apprenticeships work. 

There is no obligation to enrol, simply join in to learn more about the whole apprenticeships process and what is on offer. Register here 


Employer breakfast 

Apprenticeships have a lot of misconceptions surrounding them. From off-the-job training, to making the most of your apprenticeship levy – local speakers and panel members, including OXLEP and TVBLEP, employers and apprentices will answer your questions and explain the step-by-step process. 

Join Activate Apprenticeships for breakfast during National Apprenticeship Week as they bust some of the most common myths surrounding apprenticeships! 

Oxford, 8th February, 8am-10am: Register here  

Reading, 9th February, 8am-10am: Register here 

Online webinar, 10th February, 10am-11am: Register here 


Showcase of apprenticeships: Employers evening 

9th February, 5pm-7pm, University of Westminster 

This event is aimed at apprenticeship levy-paying organisations of every size and from all sectors. 

It aims to teach you everything you need to know about the apprenticeships on offer at the University of Westminster. You’ll also get to meet with the academic colleagues that teach apprentices and business development managers to discuss the needs of your organisation. 

You’ll learn more about upskilling your staff with government funding and network and meet with other organisations that employ apprentices, as well as receive a guided tour of the Marylebone Campus. Book your place here 


Creative and cultural heritage employers’ event 

6th February, 9.30am-11am, Westminster Adult Education Service 

The event is aimed at employers already working with apprentices as well as those interested in finding out more about getting involved. It is free and invite-only so please make sure to book an Eventbrite ticket here. 


Employer event 

10th February, 9.30am-12pm, University of Central Lancashire 

This free event will tell you how the University of Central Lancashire’s broad range of employer-focused degree apprenticeships can add value to your organisation. 

The event will explore the university’s Apprenticeship Matching Service (AMS), a free recruitment service for employers looking to recruit an apprentice into their organisation. 

It will also dive into how degree apprentices can benefit you as an employer. 

There will be opportunities to meet current employers and their apprentices, learn about funding opportunities, speak to course leaders and network with other businesses. Book your place here 


Follow NAW23 on Twitter via @Apprenticeships  and don’t forget to tag any of your events or news to #NAW2023 and @theapp_guide 

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