Apprentices on a countdown

Apprenticeship week aims to help young people such as these trainee chefs

Apprenticeship week aims to help young people such as these trainee chefs

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The countdown has started for National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (March 3 to 7) as the National Apprenticeship Service announces three key initiatives to help Blackpool employers and budding apprentices join in the celebrations.

Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is a way of celebrating Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on apprentices, businesses and the wider economy. The first of the initiatives launched today is an online toolkit which is designed to support local training organisations, employers, schools and budding apprentices wanting to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week.

For those already starting their planning, the toolkit is available at apprenticeships.org.uk.

The second is a series of communications workshops held across the country during December and January to help partners promote their individual initiatives during the week.

Finally, the new official National Apprenticeship Week 2014 T-shirt has been unveiled. Designed by 20-year-old apprentice, Rebecca Timson, the t-shirt is ‘the look’ for budding apprentices in 2014 and depicts a tree with several branches - each one denoting the various sectors and career options there are available to apprentices.

This year the National Apprenticeship Service is encouraging Blackpool employers to organise events and activities under the theme of ‘Great Apprenticeships’ in order to demonstrate that apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for both employers and apprentices.

Sue Price, Divisional Area Director for the National Apprenticeship Service in the North, added: “To be counting down to the seventh National Apprenticeship Week is really exciting and I look forward to being part of an even more exciting week with more partners supporting the Week.

“I am particularly keen to see examples of the great work that is created by apprentices.

“National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on Apprenticeships and how they help employers grow their own talent and provide a great opportunity for apprentices to earn while they learn.”

To find out more, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.