Education in the media: Monday 5 March 2018


Today’s Education in the media blog looks at National Apprenticeship Week 2018.

National Apprenticeship Week

Today, Monday 5 March, is the start of National Apprenticeship Week. We are celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’, and is all about showcasing how apprenticeships can work for, and benefit, individuals, employers, the community and our economy.

The Times, the Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Guardian, the Metro, TES and BBC Breakfast have all reported on apprenticeships today.

The Daily Mail has written a piece following an interview with Minister Anne Milton, focusing largely on how apprenticeships are available to everyone, regardless of their background.

To kick start a week of activity where she will meet apprentices and employers across the country, Minister Anne Milton has today visited Kellogg's to meet food-manufacturing apprentices, and a technology start-up company called Whitehat.

We are pleased that there has been over 1.2 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and we want to reach 3 million by 2020. The total investment in apprenticeships in England will be £2.45 billion by 2019/20.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:

National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for employers and apprentices to tell their stories about how an apprenticeship worked for them. Whatever your age or background an apprenticeship offers a huge range of choices so you can get the job that you want to enable you to get on in life.

Apprenticeships mean people can earn while they learn, and businesses get people with the skills they need so their business can thrive and grow. The government’s apprenticeship reforms are all about making sure we have quality apprenticeships and lots more of them because that’s the way we grow the skill work force the Country needs.

There is more to do and this week is also a chance to hear from both businesses and the apprentices about what works well for them, and how we can make apprenticeships work better for everyone.

Find out more about National Apprenticeship Week here.