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National Apprenticeship Week

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02 Mar 2015
National Apprenticeship Week in 2015 is taking place from Monday the 9th March until Friday the 13th March. Since starting at Sellick Partnership I have witnessed first-hand just how great apprenticeships are and this is why National Apprenticeship Week is celebrated each year. The idea of the dedicated week is to  highlight the importance of apprenticeships across the UK and the positive results they have had for businesses and the wider economy. For example did you know that in a recent survey employers rated apprentice's 15% more employable than graduates?

Nick Clegg was quoted in 'Lancashire Business Views' about apprenticeships in the North West

"Gone are the days when a vocational education is seen as the poor relation when it comes to choosing a career path. I'm delighted to be able to celebrate such a phenomenal rise in young people being given the opportunity to work as they learn in the North West. In fact we are just days away from being able to celebrate the two millionth apprentice starting work in England since 2010. Good quality apprenticeships give hard-working young people the chance to aim high for their dream job whilst playing their part in building a stronger economy for Britain.”

So what does the National Apprenticeship Service aim to get out of National Apprenticeship Week 2015?

  • getting more small businesses to take on apprentices
  • promoting the variety of apprenticeships on offer, including those at Higher level and within blue chip and white chip companies
  • celebrating apprenticeships and the level of success that learners can achieve
Just how successful are apprenticeships then? The number of people starting an apprenticeship each year has grown from around 100,000 in 1950 to more than 450,000 people in 2013-14 and in 2014 apprenticeships contributed £34bn to the economy and are forecast to contribute £50bn to the economy by 2025.

The likes of David Beckham, Jamie Oliver, Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton alongside Ringo Star are amongst the rich and famous who started their careers off by doing an apprenticeship and are a part of the top 40 richest (worth £20bn combined) and most successful former apprentices. To see the full list click here.

On the 9th March I will be taking over Sellick Partnership's Twitter account @SellickGroup and giving an insight into what my job involves. It's an opportunity to find out what being an apprentice is like, but also for you to consider whether or not recruitment might be a career for you!

Why not join Sellick Partnership next week to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and supporting apprentices across the UK - make sure to follow @SellickGroup. You can find out more about National Apprenticeship Week at the website.
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