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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2013

Boroughs held a range of events for NA Week this year.

  • Enfield celebrated the successes of apprentices on the council scheme and those who have secured a place with a local business as part of the Enterprising Apprenticeship programme with local business.
  • Barnet ATA and a local provider, First Rung jointly hosted an apprenticeship stand at their annual Careers Fair. 
  • Tower Hamlets hosted a celebration event ‘Celebrating employment and opportunity’ at the Council Chamber in the Town Hall. At the event they celebrated achievements of local people including apprentices, graduates, internships, jobseekers, and trainees. 
  • Islington hosted an event for local employers at the K&M Painting and Decorating Academy, and a an Apprenticeship briefing for local jobseekers. 
  • Wandsworth Lifelong Learning promoted their apprenticeship opportunities at Wandsworth Jobcentre Plus, and one of the apprentices placed into work by Wandsworth featured in a national newspaper during Apprenticeship Week. 
  • Camden launched a 100 in 100 campaign (aimed at creating 100 new apprenticeships in 100 days), and ran a series of events for young people which started in Apprenticesip Week and will continue throughout the 100 days. 
  • Newham hosted a range of events, including a Q&A session for apprentices to put questions to the borough Executive Director, a drop-in session for managers to find out more about apprenticeships, and the start of a new recruitment round for 15 new vacancies. 
  • Apprentices in Ealing attended tea with the Mayor, facilitated sessions at the Ealing Youth Conference to inform young people about apprenticeships, and raised money for charity by wearing a onesie to work. 
  • Work Redbridge held an Apprenticeship Fair for 16 to 24 year olds, and included a range of employers, training providers and apprenticeship ambassadors.
  • Bexley celebrated the 21st birthday of their apprenticeship scheme, and published a daily blog, which highlighted the benefits of apprenticeships, celebrated new apprentice recruits and heard about the individual learning journey of an apprentice.

National Apprenticeship Week 2012

Activity took place across London during National Apprenticeship Week including:

  • The London Borough of Camden hosted a free event for local employers to help them discover the benefits of apprenticeships.
  • In Ealing, apprentices will shadowed borough councillors, the borough hosted an event for local businesses, and ensured new members of staff within the council know all about apprenticeships
  • Newham Council promoted apprenticeships to local SMEs, held a briefing session for school staff and a careers and apprenticeship fair for local young people
  • Barking & Dagenham hosted a business networking event, and a celebration event to recognise their best apprentices and managers. Current apprentices working for the council visited schools to promote apprenticeships
  • Bexley Council launched their first marketing apprenticeship, and their first higher level apprenticeship, as well as starting a Bexley apprenticeship blog to raise awareness.

National Apprenticeship Week: 7 - 11 February 2011

A selection of some of the activities that were organised by the London boroughs is below.

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Careers Service organised an information event for year 11 students in a local secondary school to give students an understanding of the value of apprenticeships, and hear from learning providers who shared information about a variety of roles and sectors. Prospective apprentices attended induction sessions with the Waltham Forest Community Learning & Skills Service to find the most suitable frameworks and qualifications for them, and apprentices who have completed their qualifications were recognised with a celebration event.

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham hosted a range of events, including drop-in information sessions at a variety of locations across the borough, an employer networking event, and an apprentice celebration event with Margaret Hodge MP to celebrate high achieving apprentices.

London Borough of Havering

A DVD commissioned by the borough from Creative & Media students at Havering Sixth Form College, and in partnership with Prospects and Havering College of Further and Higher Education, was shown at secondary schools across the borough. The DVD shows apprentices working in a wide variety of roles, discussing their experiences of working and studying, and also hears from employers, parents and training providers about the benefits of apprenticeships. For more information about the DVD roadshow, please email Lee Clegg at Havering.

London Borough of Camden

Camden Apprenticeships hosted a free event for employers in the borough to find out more about apprenticeships, looking at the successes and the challenges, with employers, apprentices and training providers. They also held another free event for young people, parents/carers, teachers and others who work with young people in an advisory capacity to find out more about the variety of apprenticeships on offer and how an apprenticeship can be a brilliant start to a professional or academic career. A celebration event hosted by the Mayor said a Big Thank You to Camden’s current apprentices, supervisors and employers who are working with Camden Apprenticeships, and finally, a local councillor got the chance to experience a day in the life of Camden’s apprentices, visiting them at work around the borough.

London Borough of Ealing

The National Apprenticeship Service presented to local businesses on the benefits of apprenticeships, and encouraged them to commit to employing apprentices. A young person who gained an apprenticeship with a local business following a similar event last year, and subsequently went on to to gain a job, also spoke at the event.  Two afternoon tea events were also held, where high level officers, apprentices, supervisors and training providers got together to promote apprenticeships.

London Borough of Wandsworth

Wandsworth hosted an event for apprentices, employers, teachers, councillors and MPs to discover more about apprenticeships, why they benefit apprentices and businesses, and more about the apprenticeship programme in Wandsworth. There was also a presentation to employers who have worked with Wandsworth and supported apprenticeships over the past year.

London Borough of Enfield 

Enfield hosted three events during Apprenticeship Week: a sharing forum at which invited businesses and contractors received information on apprenticeships; an apprentice information marketplace for young people and business to find out more information about apprenticeships; and an evening award ceremony, for apprentices, managers and guests to receive awards and acknowledgement.

London Borough of Southwark

Apprentices in Southwark took the lead on planning events, which included promoting apprenticeships to schools; an awards service for apprentices who have completed their qualification or are moving up to a Level 3 framework, with apprentices, managers, councillors, MPs and local employers; an opportunity for apprentices who are interested in politics to shadow a local councillor to learn more about how local government works; a fund-raising event to raise money for an associated charity; and Community Action to give back to an organisation supporting local people in Southwark.

National Apprenticeship Week 2010 - a celebration

Apprenticeship Week (1 - 5 February 2010) is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and is an opportunity for employers, providers, learners and stakeholders to showcase Apprenticeships. In addition to a national programme of events, there are regional and local events taking place across the country.

London boroughs were involved in the week from promoting their schemes internally to new managers to holding breakfast events for employers in the borough. Below is a selection of the events held this week:

LB Havering - breakfast briefing

"Our event was aimed at employers and schools in the borough and told them more about the Apprenticeships programme and what it has to offer them.

We offered free advice on how businesses can address their training and resourcing needs, including the benefits of hiring an apprentice.

The event was really well attended and we hope to continue to support businesses and schools in Havering recruiting apprentices."

For further information on apprenticeships in Havering contact Michelle Giordmaina


LB Lambeth - Breakfast Briefing

Lambeth Council hosted a breakfast briefing aimed at suppliers, managers within the Council and Social Care providers.

Lambeth has received funding from the Department of Health to promote social care apprentices through it's partners and is keen to engage the sector.

For more information on the social care project at Lambeth contact Karl Livingston


Brent Employer Partnership - Breakfast Briefing

The Employer Partnership is a Brent Council led forum working with the borough's businesses, business support agencies, training providers and mainstream organisations, to coordinate
information and advice to employers.

They started a new year of events with a focus on apprenticeships and the benefits they can bring to your organisation. With growing government calls for businesses to play a role in reversing youth unemployment, this event explores why taking on a young apprentice is easier (and cheaper!) than most employers think. It also covers what an apprenticeship actually entails and how to get your business involved.

For further information contact Alka Nepali at Brent Council.


LB Wandsworth - celebrating Schools and Children Services Apprentices

Wandsworth have made great progress in working with local schools to employ apprentices in their workforce and in the children's services department.

They held an event to celebrate the achievements of their apprentices and managers.

For further information on apprenticeships at Wandsworth contact Sue Williamson.


LB Islington - the SUMO guy

Islington held a celebratory lunch event for their apprentices with special guest speaker Paul McGee, the SUMO guy.

For information on apprentices in Islington, contact Dyon McKenzie.


LB Camden - Who Am I quiz?

Camden are launching a new internal and external Apprenticeship scheme at the end of February so as a forerunner to that, they have promoted Apprenticeship Week internally through a Who Am I - Guess the Celebrity Apprentice quiz.

For information on apprenticeships at Camden, contact Lauren Bernardi


LB Southwark - Awards ceremony and School Roadshow

Southwark held an awards ceremony for all of their completing apprentices and to congratulate them on a 100% completion rate as well as a 100% success rate of the apprentices getting permanent roles. They also held a roadshow at a local secondary school with HR team and apprentices speaking to Year 11's about the benefits of apprenticeship for them as career option.

For more information on Southwark's apprentices, contact Ann Cochrane.


LB Bexley - internal promotion and celebration

LB Bexley are having an afternoon tea celebration with their apprentices and the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council.

Apprentices also got the chance to attend a fast track CLAIT and minute taking course during the week as well publishing photos and case study articles in internal and external communication publications.

They are linking the whole week up with managers signing the Skills Pledge.

For information on the Bexley Scheme, contact Cheryl Jones.


LB Tower Hamlets - Employer Event and Schools Event
Tower Hamlets held an afternoon session for school pupils to come and find out more about apprenticeships and talk to real-life apprentices.

An evening drinks reception was also held for employers to discuss the benefits of offering apprenticeships and how they can work for your organisation. There were keynote speeches
from Ken Livingstone, Bouygues UK, the National Apprenticeship Service and Tower Hamlets College.

For further information on apprenticeships in Tower Hamlets, contact Abdul Awaal.


LB Hammersmith and Fulham - Town Hall promotions

The Council promoted apprenticeships and their current schemes of Business Administration and Social Care at the Town Hall.

For information on apprentices at LBHF, contact Amanda McDonagh.


LB Croydon - Internal promotion

Croydon Council are at the early stages of their apprenticeship journey so took advantage of National Apprenticeship Week to promote apprentices to their managers through drop in sessions in the Council canteen.

For information on Croydon's plan, contact Hannah Matta.



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