Red7 , March 4, 2014
Bosses in the UK have kick started National Apprenticeship Week 2014.
More than 1,000 events will be held across the country this week to highlight the way apprenticeships can change the lives of young people.
Celebrity support came from Manchester, with footballer Rio Ferdinand taking on his first ever apprentice at his restaurant, Rosso.
The venue also hosted the launch of the 50 Apprenticeships in 5 Days campaign, which aims to create 50 new Apprenticeships across Manchester during this week.
In London, the BBC hosted a ‘Your Hired’ conference, bringing together senior leaders from the broadcast sector to explore how apprenticeships can help the industry attract the brightest talent.
Meanwhile, the Building the Future reception at the Chartered Insurance Institute drew attention to the important role of apprentices in the finance sector.
The event saw the launch of a new action plan ‘An Industry Approach to Apprenticeships – A blueprint for action’ supported by some of the biggest players in the industry, including AON and Lloyds.
Hairdressing apprentices showed off their skills in a hairdressing competition organised by Hertford Regional College while in Coventry, the City Council kicked off its two-week Access to Apprenticeship Programme to help develop the employability skills of young people between 16 and 24.
Apprentices in the East Midlands raised money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association today by organising at a cake sale to City of Lincoln Council staff.
There has been plenty of activity on social media too with #NAW2014 trending on Twitter and the #madebyapprentices campaign proving popular.
Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said that apprentices around the country were helping their employers to succeed and grow.
He said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a valuable opportunity to encourage more young people and businesses to gain from the benefits”.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, said: “This government wants to see two million Apprenticeships created over the course of this parliament and so it’s fantastic to see employers are right behind us.”
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