National Apprenticeship Week 2022

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2022) is like London Fashion Week, but for apprenticeships. Think of it as a celebration of all the latest clothing trends, but instead it’s the work of apprentices, not Gucci. 

It takes place between the 7th and 13th of February 2022, and will be more exciting than ever. 

Here is everything you need to know about National Apprenticeship Week 2022...

What is National Apprenticeship Week?

National Apprenticeship Week is a week-long celebration of apprenticeships in England. It’s organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, and this will be its 15th year. 

NAW brings together all characters from within the apprenticeship community - employers, training providers, apprentices and young people who are thinking of taking the apprenticeship path. 

Although things were a little different last year, NAW 2022 is still set to continue in the successful footsteps of its predecessor. It will be a week-long celebration of apprentices and in particular, how they can reach their career goals by building skills during an apprenticeship.

Build the Future

‘Build the Future’ has been announced as the theme for NAW 2022 for the second year running. The National Apprenticeship Service says ‘Build the Future’ aims to 'focus on the benefits apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses, and local communities.' 

There are a crazy-number of careers available through apprenticeships. So explore and see what’s out there!

Why is NAW so important?

Apprenticeships are now considered to be an equal and real alternative to going to university. 

In the past, they were seen as routes into trade industries - perfect for young people looking to become electricians or plumbers. Apprenticeships were for those who were not very academic. That was the perception. 

Now, the reality is different. Apprenticeships are a logical route for high achievers that want to start a career immediately after leaving school or college. There are also opportunities offered by all of the big companies, across every sector. 

And each year, the number and range of apprenticeships on offer increases. That is why NAW is so important… to highlight the amazing stories of former and current apprentices, and inspire others to kick-start their own career.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn while you earn, opening up new and exciting career paths that can transform lives."

Gillian Keegan

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

How RateMyApprenticeship is getting involved in #NAW2022

You may have already guessed but RateMyApprenticeship is really passionate about apprenticeships. We just love them.

Bringing young, enthusiastic and talented individuals into a business has huge benefits for all involved. 

Apprentices inject fresh ideas and impetus into a brand, fill skills gaps and overall transform how a business works.

During the week we will be sending out tons of handy resources to our community of students, with the aim of helping them in all areas of apprenticeships, from finding them to landing them, and everything in between.

We will also be hosting our first ever Instagram Live on Wednesday 9th February at 6pm, with some very special guests talking about all things apprenticeships! We're very excited to be hearing from Charlotte, Holly & Presh on their experiences as an apprentice so far, and will also be discussing topics such as: 

  • Why they chose to do an apprenticeship
  • The application process, and their advice on how to make your applications stand out
  • The training experience
  • The social perks of being an apprentice

Riley - Public Sector Sales Apprentice at SoftCat

"I decided to go for an apprenticeship because I wanted to get into the work lifestyle as soon as possible and also wanted to learn more on the job so an apprenticeship was the perfect solution.

I am now 6 months into my role and I am loving my time here - I am really glad I decided to pick an apprenticeship!”

Jamil - Degree Apprentice at J.P. Morgan

“I chose an apprenticeship as it offered me the best of both worlds - I could gain experience in a working environment, whilst also studying towards a degree. I have gained a better understanding of the Financial Services industry, and deepened my technical knowledge.

My communication skills have improved too as I am working with colleagues in a corporate environment everyday. I have developed great adaptability skills too as my job role entails new challenges every day!”

Our Tips for NAW 2022

We've put together these tips to make sure you get the most out of NAW 2022. These are useful for everyone whether you’re a student, a teacher, a careers advisor, a parent, or your neighbours pet cat, we've got you covered. 

  • Sign up to RateMyApprenticeship below to be the first to know about school and college leaver jobs and to keep up with all #NAW2022 activity. 
  • Have a read of our Highest Paid Apprenticeships and Best Apprenticeships in the UK pages. They're chock-full of useful info.
  • Get involved with the conversation on Twitter, following the hashtags #NAW2022 and #BuildTheFuture to hear some of the incredible stories apprentices and employers have to share.