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National Apprenticeship Week


What is National Apprenticeship Week?

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of apprenticeships across England. It is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories, including the diversity of opportunity and value that apprenticeships bring, and how they help individuals and employers build a sustainable future.

This year National Apprenticeship Week will take place from the 5th to the 11th of February. Each year there is a different theme, the theme for 2024 is ‘Skills for Life’.

How is National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated?

Events such as recruitment fairs and information sessions are held to bring together schools, colleges, teachers, students, employers, parents, and apprentices. The week aims to promote available positions to education leavers and the benefits of doing an apprenticeship to future leavers.

National Apprenticeship Week and Employment

From August 2019 to April 2020 there were 275,900 people who started an apprenticeship in England. There are a range of steps that you can take to ensure that your apprenticeship recruitment processes are accessible and fit for purpose.  As an employer, you can mark this week by:

  • Using National Apprenticeship Week to run an awareness campaign
  • Attending a job fair to drive recruitment
  • Promoting your available apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Reviewing job descriptions and person specifications to ensure the skills and experience required does not unintentionally create barriers
  • Offering apprenticeships as part of your employee training and development plans. These go all the way up to degree level.
  • Providing a guide for line managers to create a better understanding of apprenticeships in the workplace.


February 5
February 11