Year 12 "Blaze a Trail" at the National Apprenticeship Show 2019
The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week took place from Monday 4th March to Friday 8th March. It is put together by the National Apprenticeship Service. It is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact that they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
The theme of the week was “Blaze a Trail.” As in previous years, there were a range of activities and events hosted across the country. The aim of the events being to change the perception of apprenticeships and to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take up an apprenticeship.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Year 12 students spent a day at the National Apprenticeship Show which took place at the Central Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The event was designed to bring together employers, colleges and providers. Students were able to learn about higher and degree apprenticeships in a fun and interactive way.
It was one of the largest events of the week and many large companies were present including the NHS, Thames Valley Police and AstraZeneca. Students were able to speak to staff who explained how the application process works. It was a great way for employers and providers to show the opportunities that are available.
Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional university route of gaining a degree. Apprentices work for the companies whilst studying for a foundation or a bachelor’s degree. It allows students the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and gain skills whilst earning a wage.