s300_web-image-can-take-you-anywhereNational Apprenticeship Week runs from 14 to 18 March and this year the key themes for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 are: “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week 2016, visitgov.uk/naw2016.

Wednesday, 16 March

Nadhim Zahawi MP hosted the ‘Licence to Skill’ event (Bond in Motion) at the London Film Museum yesterday evening. The event was organised in conjunction with the Greater London Authority and Tech City. Over 200 employers from the creative, digital and technical sectors attended the impressive, James Bond themed event.

 ‘Licence to Skill’ event (Bond in Motion) at the London Film Museum
‘Licence to Skill’ event (Bond in Motion) at the London Film Museum

Tuesday, 15 March

An interactive breakfast event took place at the BT Tower today showcasing stories and achievements of exemplar apprentices, both current and past. The event included an interactive demonstration from BT apprentices who were joined by other employers, offering an opportunity for students, teachers, career advisors and apprentices to network.

BT higher apprenticeship breakfast event
BT higher apprenticeship breakfast event

The NW Large Employer Conference took place today at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. This one day conference looked at the most important aspects of the evolving apprenticeship landscape, including the recently announced Apprenticeship Levy and Digital Apprenticeship Service; and the introduction of new apprenticeship standards through Trailblazers.

It really is great to see so much activity on social media today. Please keep up the momentum and remember to use #NAW2016 and #RiseToTheTop.

There are some great images, videos and blogs. Check out this blog from Ebony who is an apprentice at Proskills.

Monday, 14 March

National Apprenticeship Week launched today with an event at London’s Shard. To mark the start of the week, a number of companies announced major commitments to apprenticeships, including Starbucks, Prezzo, Fortnum and Mason, Deloitte and Greene King.

National Apprenticeship Week launched on Monday, 14 March with an event at London’s Shard

Arena MK in Milton Keynes hosts its first National Apprenticeship Showwith over 100 employers and providers showcasing opportunities to thousands of visitors in a lively, interactive, fun and informative setting for National Apprenticeship Week. The event takes place 14 and 15 March 2016.

Tony Allen from the SFA was a judge and presented the awards at theCompass Catering’s MasterChef event. Eight apprentices battled it out for the title. The event was held to launch Compass’s new apprenticeship programme. Compass Group UK & Ireland has marked the start of National Apprenticeship Week by announcing plans to build the number of Compass apprentices to 1,500 by the end of 2017.

Compass Catering's NAW 2016 MasterChef event
Apprentice chef Patrick Kane, winner of chef challenge at the Compass Catering’s NAW 2016 MasterChef event

Our hashtag #NAW2016 has been trending on Twitter today with over 13,500 tweets.

Get involved

Full details of the events happening across England can be found on theevents map.

Follow @Apprenticeships, @TraineeshipsGov and #NAW2016 for all the latest news, pictures and videos.