National Apprenticeship Week 2018

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The 11th National Apprenticeship Week is just around the corner, running from 5th to 9th March 2018, and RateMyApprenticeship and partner EY are really excited to be involved in this year’s celebration. But what is happening during National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (NAW 2018), and how can you get involved?


What is National Apprenticeship Week?

Now in its 11th year and co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is a 5-day celebration of apprenticeship success in England, with emphasis on how apprenticeships are a great pathway to career success and a viable alternative to university.

Throughout the week, a series of nationwide and local events will take place; last year there were over 500 to choose from! The event gets bigger each year as apprenticeships become an ever-increasing popular choice for young people.

This year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2018, or #NAW2018, is ‘Apprenticeships Work:’ #WorksForMe. Employers and apprentices from across the country will come together to encourage more young people to choose an apprenticeship as their ‘ladder of opportunity’, as well as educating new employers and the wider community on the benefits of apprenticeships.


Why is it important?

Apprenticeships are now considered an equal to university, with many successful careers born from those who started out as an apprentice. From a Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation at EY to a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship with the BBC, the number of opportunities is ever increasing.

Understanding the different types of apprenticeships can be confusing. Luckily, we’ve got information on every type of apprenticeship to help you find out which type is best for you. From Degree Apprenticeships to Traineeships, Advanced Apprenticeships to Higher, there are opportunities for anyone looking to jumpstart their career. Highlighting this is a key objective of National Apprenticeship Week as the government looks to hit its target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Apprenticeships offer real career opportunities and National Apprenticeship Week 2018 will showcase how apprenticeships work across all industries, sectors and job roles, from school leaving age to older apprentices.

Sue Husband, Director, National Apprenticeships Service



How RateMyApprenticeship and EY are getting involved in #NAW2018

#NAW2018 is set to be the biggest celebration of apprenticeships yet.

RateMyApprenticeship and global professional services organisation, EY, are hugely passionate about apprenticeships. Introducing young, enthusiastic and talented individuals into a business has huge benefits for both the employer and the young person. From injecting fresh ideas into a brand, improving productivity across all levels, introducing diversity into every area and reducing certain skill shortages, apprenticeships can transform how a business works.

Furthermore, an apprenticeship lets an apprentice flourish in a professional environment - RateMyApprenticeship found that a whopping 98% of students would recommend their apprenticeship to a friend!

EY Spotlight: "Technology is creating new possibilities. We’re at the heart of that change and so are our apprentices."

The world is changing at such a speed, disrupting entire industries, and this creates a lot of uncertainty, especially for school leavers and their influencers who are already confused by the many opportunities available to them today.

Developing key employability skills is a lifelong process, especially those needed for the new world of work. Everyone now needs to be digitally savvy, regardless of their career path. However, according to research by the World Economic Forum among 350 of the world’s leading organisations, there will be a continuing demand for high-value skills like critical thinking and complex problem solving. This will go along with a growing need for distinctly human skills such as creativity and emotional intelligence as we look to 2020 and beyond.

Apprenticeships at EY are serious business. Our apprentices bring a fresh perspective; they add diversity to our teams and, in turn, additional value to our clients. The EY Business Apprenticeship and the EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation both offer routes into our workplace studying towards the same qualifications as our graduates, with the same career opportunities upon completion. University is still the right option for many students, but it isn’t for everyone and it’s important that young people understand that there are alternatives. The future is more complex, exciting, uncertain and competitive than ever before. Technology is changing how we work and creating new possibilities. It’s an exciting time for us, and an opportunity for apprentices working with us to have a real impact on business early in their career.

The transition from school into the workplace is a challenging one, and as employers it’s our responsibility to ensure that young people develop the skills and knowledge needed, to help them grow in confidence, hone their strengths and do amazing things at work. EY apprentices are supported through a combination of world-class training, mentoring and coaching, empowering them to achieve their potential.

Steve Keith, EY Marketing and Communications Lead - Apprenticeships 


Our Top Tips for National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Read our top tips to ensure you make the most out of National Apprenticeship Week this year. Whether you’re a student, teacher, careers advisor or parent, we’ve got you covered!

Top Tips for Students

  • Register with RateMyApprenticeship to be the first to know about job opportunities and #NAW2018 events
  • Read through our Industry Guides and Career Opti​​​​ons to find out more about the different types of apprenticeships
  • Take a look at our Highest Paid Apprenticeships and Best Apprenticeships in the UK pages for up-to-date information about job salaries and regional opportunities
  • See if your school has one of our guidebooks, entitled “A Guide To Career Options 2018,” where you can find out more about apprenticeships. If not, take a look at our Top Apprenticeship Employers page

Top Tips for Teachers and Career Advisors

  • Visit our Advice section to download resources for your students, including posters for the classroom
  • Let us send you our School’s Toolkit, which includes everything you need to know about the different career choices available for school and college leavers

Schools, teachers and careers advisors, sign up to our school’s newsletter:

Top Tips for Parents

  • Familiarise yourself with all the options available to your child after school or college. Our Career Advice section is packed with up to date information on the different apprenticeships and other options available to young people today.
  • Encourage your child to sign up to RateMyApprenticeship to keep up to date with the latest opportunities and career advice. 

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