National Apprenticeship Week

Well, what a week! On the 14th – 18th March, hundreds of events took place across England, the national apprenticeship minimum wage is to rise by 10p an hour, and more than 31,000 pledges were made – all to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2016!

Every year, a whole week is dedicated to apprentices and their employers to showcase the amazing benefits they offer for young people, businesses and the economy. NAW 2016 was the biggest yet, and people up and down the country didn’t disappoint in helping to celebrate apprenticeships!

In this day and age, apprenticeships are totally different from what they were like 15, 10 or even five years ago – but some people just don’t believe this. Ready to bust some myths? Read on…

Apprenticeships are just low-skilled, cheap labour

This is far from the truth! Apprenticeships are a huge investment by both employers and the Government and they contribute far more than people imagine. For every £1 the Government spends on apprenticeships, around £26 is added to the economy – impressive, eh?

You can only do an apprenticeship in manual work