Celebrations begin for National Apprenticeship Week
06 March 2017
This week sees the 10th National Apprenticeship Week, supported by apprentices, companies, industry organisations, educational bodies and government offices.
There will be a number of events throughout the next five days, designed to highlight the benefits of participation in apprenticeships.
Co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency, the week will include further publicity of the government's aims to increase apprentice numbers to 3m over the next 5 years.
Key facts released by the EEF included the announcement that 79% of manufacturers had committed to recruiting engineering apprentices last year.
A further 46% will increase their numbers of engineering apprentices as a result of the Apprenticeship Levy, which will be introduced next month.
However, just 7% of students at state-funded mainstream schools and colleges engaged in an apprenticeship in 2015/16, compared to 48% going on to higher education.
Further information on the events being staged throughout National Apprenticeship Week can be found here.
The need to fill the skills gap has been emphasised throughout the FM industry, with difficulties in finding sufficient numbers of workers with the necessary expertise highlighted by both FMs and service providers in all areas.
Support has also been gained from the national media, including the example of The Guardian which has published advice on how to apply for apprenticeships.