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It’s National Apprenticeship Week

Monday 14-03-2016 - 11:06

A chance to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the wider economy.

National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, and throughout the week we’ll be raising awareness around the amazing work that apprentices do.

The key themes for Apprentice National Apprenticeship Week 2016 are: “an apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

Here’s a look at what’s happening over the week…

Monday 14 March

Today, the Young Women’s Trust have launched a report which highlights the gender pay gap which exists between male and female apprentices in the UK.

The report, Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women, finds that extreme gender segregation remains a major problem: for every female apprentice working within engineering, there are 25 male apprentices; in the construction industry, there are 56 men to every woman and in Plumbing, a staggering 74 men to every woman. You can read the report in its entirety here.

Tuesday 15 March

Tomorrow, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) will be hosting their ‘Voice of Apprentices’ event at Warrington collegiate in Cheshire.

This is the third year that NSoA and tge TUC have collaborated on tge voice of Apprentices event. Following last weeks announcement of the shadow institute of apprenticeships board the event will look at apprentices’ experience of quality teaching and learning.

Wednesday 16 March

Between Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 March, FE Week will be hosting their Annual Apprentices Conference and Exhibition at The ICC in Birmingham.

NUS Vice President (Further Education) Shakira Martin will be appearing at the conference and giving an address on the National Society of Apprentices’ manifesto on Thursday during the conference.

Thursday 17 March

To round off the week, Shakira Martin, Ebbi Ferguson, and two apprentices Raisa Matadar and Sean McNamee will be visiting students in Finland to find out first-hand how the Finish government’s recent cuts to further education has impacted on apprentices in the nation.

Last but not least, all NUS Apprentice extra cardholders are invited to 'buy one get one free' at Starbucks throughout the week. The NUS Apprentice extra card is the only card for apprentices that provides discounts in-store and online on top brands and everyone registered to sell the card earns up to £2 commission for every card sold, with all proceeds going to fund the work of the National Society for Apprentices.

You can find more information about National Apprenticeship Week here and you can follow the action via social media by following @Apprenticeships and the #NAW2016 hashtag.

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