National Apprenticeship Week 2014 launches today

Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship 2014 will celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 is “great apprenticeships” – the idea being that “great businesses” are made by apprentices and apprenticeships lead to “great prospects”. It is about demonstrating that apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for both employers and apprentices.

Research shows that, on average, a fully-trained apprentice can help businesses generate an extra £200 every week.

In a recorded video message, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hailed how apprentices can help businesses grow.

“I’ve been lucky enough to see for myself the fantastic work of talented apprentices across our country,” he says. “Every one of these hard-working young people, whether they’re working for leading businesses – like Airbus, National Express or Rolls Royce – or smaller local companies, they’re all helping their employers to succeed and grow.

“National Apprenticeship Week is a change to celebrate their achievements. It’s also a valuable opportunity for us to encourage young people and businesses to gain from the benefits high-quality apprenticeships offer.”

Watch Nick Clegg’s entire video message here:

More on National Apprenticeship Week: 

Charlie Mullins: Why your business should take on an apprentice

SMEs could boost bottom line by £2k by taking on an apprentice

Almost half of UK businesses to take on apprenticeships within five years


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