What is National Apprenticeship Week?

If you’re looking for more information on apprenticeships, then this is the week where you can increase your knowledge. Employers, training providers, authorities and institutes will be providing a vast amount of content during this week: 3rd – 7th February 2020.

Information on apprenticeships, sectors and opportunities will allow you to weigh up the different types of apprenticeships and what suits you best. Although this will be a frantic week, it’s good to keep note of good websites you find as they will typically be uploading similar content throughout the year. Be sure to engage with the companies that appeal to you and are in the sector you’re interested in. The more you engage and interact, the more you will learn. You could discover positives and negatives as well as discovering similar companies, furthering your understanding and awareness.

This might sound simple… but take your time! There will be a lot of information published during National Apprenticeship Week 2020. Some will be really detailed, and others will be simpler, so prioritising content that interests you will be crucial. The main thing is that you enjoy learning and understanding apprenticeships as they can open doors and provide the foundations for an excellent career.


Making the most of National Apprenticeship Week 2020 can result in a clear understanding of apprenticeships and how they could be your future. Apprenticeships are often misunderstood as menial tasks such as making the teas and coffees for the “real workers”. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Being an apprentice means working with experienced colleagues with hands-on learning, appealing to a higher number of young people. Actively learning whilst being paid won’t feel like learning but will set you up in the best stead for a promising career.

Most apprenticeships last between 3-4 years and will help you to develop as both an employee and a person. Those years of experience are invaluable to your future and will give you a head-start over others who chose to go to university. Employers are constantly hammering home the point that experience is one of the biggest contributing factors to somebody’s employability. Basically, the more experience you have, the more likely it is that you’ll be hired. Unless you want to be a neurophysiologist and must go to university to get that degree, an apprenticeship could be your best option.

Apprenticeships have been the focus of governments past and present because the skills gap is an issue that has been highlighted. Learning on-the-job and gaining first-hand experience allows for fluid and seamless learning, rather than sitting in a classroom and being dictated to. There are many success stories of apprentices that have really enjoyed their time doing an apprenticeship and have then been offered a full-time job with the same company, as usually the case.

Next Steps

During National Apprenticeship Week 2020; think about what you like, what you want to do and what you’re interested in. There’s bound to be something that catches your eye, but with all the noise and “#Apprenticeships” flying about on social media, it might be hard to find. Be sure to make a note of it, and then you can also use those parameters to find similar opportunities. Also be aware that some companies will only hire an intake of apprentices at certain points in the year, so the apprenticeships that are being advertised may be for a future point in time, so keep an eye out for that.

Do your research, know exactly what an apprenticeship is, what is expected of you and what you will gain. There are thousands of case studies and testimonials from current and ex-apprentices that will give you a clear understanding of what it’s like to be an apprentice. Also, be sure to speak with parents/guardians and friends as well as careers advisors and friends! Different opinions are good and may mention something you’ve missed; however, the final decision is yours as it’s your future…

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