Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017
March 6th to the 10th marked the 10th Anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week 2017. Throughout the week we shared stories from our apprentices about why they chose an apprenticeship, what they were learning and what they hope to do once they have completed their apprenticeship. The week ended with a celebratory lunch – including a huge cake!
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) highlights how apprenticeships can offer a brighter future to the people learning, and the benefits to businesses which take part in traineeship programs. It may surprise you to learn that 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing an apprenticeship. Of these, 71% stay with the same employer meaning offering apprenticeships can be a real investment for a business, bringing new skills into the workforce.
Benefits to apprentices, businesses and the economy
For apprentices, an apprenticeship offers the opportunity to learn skills through training and development, which improves their job prospects. Job satisfaction is high (at 89%) and can be a ladder into further education.
Apprenticeships allow companies to boost their skills base which brings increased profits, lower prices and better products. On average, apprenticeships boost productivity in businesses by £214 per week!
Across the scheme apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles over 170 industries.
Apprenticeships at Hillyer McKeown
Hillyer McKeown’s Business Administration Apprenticeships last 12 months and we are pleased to say that after completing their apprenticeship, 100% of our apprentices have progressed to become full time employees. Our number of apprenticeship places varies, and can be up to four in one year. At first apprentices are based in the administration department where they receive support and guidance to gain experience. During the year there are mandatory and optional qualification units which cover key skills and help build experience for working in business.
And it’s not all about administration skills, some apprentices are also involved in shaping how Hillyer McKeown is developing. This includes making valuable contributions to our employee engagement committee and helping to organise office events.
To hear, watch and read stories from apprentices please visit https://www.hillyermckeown.co.uk/celebrating-10-years-of-national-apprenticeship-week-2017
For more general information about how to become an apprentice:
- Please visit https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
- Search ‘Get in Go Far’ or for apprenticeships on gov.uk
- Call 08000 150 600
- Follow the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)