This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, whose motto is ‘Build the Future’.
Historically, the second week in February has not proved particularly pleasant, especially if you happened to be royalty: on 12 Feb 1554, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded, likewise Mary Queen of Scots on 8 Feb 1587, and on 13 Feb 1688 James II narrowly escaped a similar fate after being usurped by William of Orange and his wife Mary.
However, for young apprentices the future looks altogether more promising, and here at Darke & Taylor (D&T), we are delighted to be a part of this initiative.
“The 14th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships.”
Apprentices have been part of our lifeblood at D&T – over 75% of our 200+ strong workforce either are currently apprentices, or have been one during their career. We recognise that they are our future and consider this week to be one of the most important for us during the year.
Here is a list of the planned national events taken from the gov.uk website:
Monday 8th Launch day – It’s really important we start the week with a burst of positivity for apprenticeships and get #NAW2021 trending across the country again! We will also use the day to focus on how apprenticeships launch and develop careers.
Tuesday 9th #AskAnEmployer – Encourage your followers to ask their apprenticeships questions using
#AskAnEmployer – be on hand to answer about how apprenticeships have helped your
organisation train, retain and achieve.
Wednesday 10th #AskAnApprentice – Encourage aspiring apprentices, their parents and carers and employers to ask you
questions about your apprenticeship using the hashtag #AskAnApprentice, be online to respond and explain how apprenticeships can build the future.
Thursday 11th Thank You Thursday – Take the opportunity to thank the people who have helped you develop along the way.
Employers, apprentices, training providers, end point assessment organisations, parents and carers, your mentor…
Friday 12th Graduation Day – Host a virtual graduation ceremony to mark your apprentices’ achievements and progression. Saturday 13th Parents & Carers Day Host a virtual to inform parents and carers about the benefits of apprenticeships, and how they
might be the perfect route for their child to build their future.
Sunday 14th Show your love for apprenticeships – I ♥ APPENTICESHIPS
On Valentine’s Day we would like to focus on what makes apprenticeships, and National
Apprenticeship Week great. What do you love about employing apprentices or being an
apprentice? Create a social video, blog or social media post to share your thoughts. #NAW2021